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Mental-Health Practices in the Intermediate Grades


by Frances M. Wilson - 1955

In the psychoanalytic literature concerning latency, psychiatrists stress the absence of sex drives and the emergence of ego strengths as the primary characteristics of children in the age group nine through twelve. Teachers who live with these children in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, find the period difficult to understand. They recognize an elusive quality about the boys and girls of this age and feel that they are meeting them almost entirely at surface levels. Even teachers and parents who find it easy to understand the symbolic language of little children and the verbalizations of adolescents experience a barrier that stems from the noncommunicative nature of many children in this intermediate-age group.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 54, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 56 Number 10, 1955, p. 195-215
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20065, Date Accessed: 8/15/2020 2:12:23 PM

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