The Mental Growth of the Pre-School Child: A Psychological Outline of Normal Development from Birth to the Sixth Year, Including a System of Developmental Diagnosis

The Mental Growth of the Pre-School Child: A Psychological Outline of Normal Development from Birth to the Sixth Year, Including a System of Developmental Diagnosis

The Mental Growth of the Pre-School Child: A Psychological Outline of Normal Development from Birth to the Sixth Year, Including a System of Developmental Diagnosis

The Mental Growth of the Pre-School Child: A Psychological Outline of Normal Development from Birth to the Sixth Year, Including a System of Developmental Diagnosis

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The scope of this volume is indicated by the subtitle. The basic data furnish an outline of the psychology of infancy, by bringing into systematic view cross-section behavior pictures of the ascending stages of development. The emphasis throughout is on the normal aspects of behavior. The application of norms of development to problems of developmental diagnosis and supervision is treated in the concluding sections.

The investigation on which this book is based was begun some six years ago and has put the writer under an increasing sense of indebtedness to many persons who have lent their assistance. The study is one which has required a considerable degree of coöperation. We have been particularly fortunate in the amount and kind of coöperation which we have received from numerous mothers -- to say nothing of the several hundred children, whose contribution we hope is not altogether lost in the pages of this book.

The nurses of the Visiting Nurse Association of New Haven have been very helpful. We are also indebted, for various services, to the physicians of the pediatric division of the New Haven Dispensary.

I wish particularly to mention my obligation to the graduate students and clinical assistants of the Yale Psycho-Clinic who were most closely identified with the investigation. Mrs. Margaret Cobb Rogers served as clinical and research assistant from 1919 to 1921 and did much of the work involved in gathering and organizing the data relating to the age groups from 6 months to 18 months. Her successor, Miss Elizabeth E. Lord, has rendered equally unstinted assistance and made a thorough study of our four-year-old group of children. Mr. Leonard Muntz, Miss Sara M. Holbrook, and Miss Isabel Kearny wrote their essays for the degree of Master . . .

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