Causes of social maladjustment in children.

Psychological monographs 43(1):276-300. DOI: 10.1037/h0093292


The purpose of this study was to see if by the utilization of psychological, medical, and sociological principles, it might be possible to discover the causes of maladjustment in children. In arriving at these causes of maladjustment over 400 problem cases referred by the Juvenile Court, the social agencies, the public schools, and individuals have been carefully studied through the psychological, medical, and sociological methods of approach. In obtaining the information necessary for a thorough and accurate analysis of the etiological factors of delinquency it is important to exhaust every source of information in the community. An attempt will be made to present certain conclusions which seem important and which may serve as a guide in studying and understanding the young delinquent. These conclusions are based entirely on the data disclosed by the study and it is hoped that some additional light will be thrown on the problem. Friction in the family is chiefly due to friction between parents on question of discipline, father unreasonable in his discipline, and presence of step-parents in the above order. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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