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Normality and Pathology in Childhood: Assessments of Development


reviewed by G. Gail Gardner - 1966

coverTitle: Normality and Pathology in Childhood: Assessments of Development
Author(s): Anna Freud
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Dr. Gardner here reviews two landmark books in the history of psychopathology, particularly as that history involves young children. She emphasizes the fact that both Anna Freud and Jane Kessler take seriously the qualitative differences between children and adults. Like John Dewey some years ago, they refuse to see the child as a miniature adult and thus go far in clearing up some confusions respecting the diagnosis of pathological symptoms, the determination of "readiness" to enter school, and certain developmental problems in speech and language as they confront many teachers. Not only do these two books represent a breakthrough in psychological literature; they hold, Dr. Gardner suggests, exciting relevance for the work now done in schools. Boys grow up to be men and girls to be women. Since the beginning of history, ritual has celebrated this fact and great thinkers have pondered its meaning. Plato asked what sorts of experiences were... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 68 Number 3, 1966, p. 266-266
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2221, Date Accessed: 9/21/2020 3:35:53 AM

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