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The Stability of Mental-Growth Careers


by Arnold Gesell, M.D. - 1940

Ten years ago the writer published the mental-growth curves of 33 infants and young children whose behavior development had been repeatedly appraised by clinical examinations. We have followed the subsequent careers of 30 of these children who are now in their teens or older. By comparing the earlier with the later findings, we can in retrospect determine the predictiveness of the first appraisals, many of which were made during the first year of life. This venture in self-criticism has cast some interesting light on the developmental diagnosis and prognosis of infant behavior.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 39, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 41 Number 10, 1940, p. 149-160
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20496, Date Accessed: 1/17/2020 9:01:50 AM

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