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Friend, M.R. (1967). The Difficult Child: Edited by Joseph S. Roucek. New York: Philosophical Library, Inc., 1965. 292 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 36:453-454.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 36:453-454

The Difficult Child: Edited by Joseph S. Roucek. New York: Philosophical Library, Inc., 1965. 292 pp.

Review by:
Maurice R. Friend

This book is intended as a 'sort of handbook, a survey of the existing experiences and serious thinking about the outstanding problems of the difficult child'. The editor believes it should be welcome to all parents as well as to educators and social workers. The book is divided into sixteen chapters with such popular titles as The Poor Reader, The Poor Writer, The Child with Language Problems, The Pampered Child, The Lazy Child, and The Severely Emotionally Disturbed Child. The chapter on family counseling and socio-emotional problems is written in most general terms and with a very Adlerian approach.

Such a book seems not worth publishing. It does not reach the level of beginning students of education or sociology. Most of the educators appear to have been selected from less well-known colleges and appear to be on the level of 'normal school teacher training colleges' of the past. The moral tone runs through most of the chapters: 'America's children are basically good in a world that has never been perfect'. Obviously the book serves no purpose in the advancement of knowledge or understanding of anyone.

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Friend, M.R. (1967). The Difficult Child. Psychoanal. Q., 36:453-454

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