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British Child Guidance Practitioners at the Paris Conference: Their Ideas and Therapeutic Methods

Les praticiens des Child guidance britanniques au congrès international de psychiatrie infantile (Paris, 1937) : leurs idées et méthodes thérapeutiques
John Stewart
p. 134-148

Abstracts

A number of practitioners of child guidance in Britain - attended the 1937 Paris Conference. This article discusses their ideas and clinical practices of three of them - Robina Addis, Mildred Creak, and Emanuel Miller- with a view to throwing light on the attitudes and beliefs they brought to the meeting in France This article first describes the nature and scope of child guidance in Britain down to the mid-1930s. Next comes a discussion of ideas of what constituted child mental ill-health and their therapeutic techniques. In concluding, it is suggested that the significance of the attendance of the British delegates lies in the very fact of their being there.

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Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on November 2018.

First lines

This article first describes the nature and scope of child guidance in Britain down to the mid-1930s. Next comes a description of a group of British child guidance practitioners who attended the Paris conference—Robina Addis, Mildred Creak, and Emanuel Miller—and a discussion of ideas of what constituted child mental ill-health and their therapeutic techniques. In concluding, it is suggested that the significance of the attendance of the British delegates lies in the very fact of their being there.

The basic premise of child guidance was that any child, however apparently normal, could become maladjusted. Such maladjustment manifested itself in what were seen as unacceptable behaviours including, for instance, bed-wetting, mild forms of delinquency, excessive interest in sexual matters as well as more opaque conditions such as timidity and shyness. These behaviours were understood, though, as merely symptom...

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References

Bibliographical reference

John Stewart, « British Child Guidance Practitioners at the Paris Conference: Their Ideas and Therapeutic Methods », Revue d’histoire de l’enfance « irrégulière », 18 | 2016, 134-148.

Electronic reference

John Stewart, « British Child Guidance Practitioners at the Paris Conference: Their Ideas and Therapeutic Methods », Revue d’histoire de l’enfance « irrégulière » [Online], 18 | 2016, Online since 30 November 2018, connection on 23 March 2017. URL : http://rhei.revues.org/3916 ; DOI : 10.4000/rhei.3916

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About the author

John Stewart

Emeritus Professor of Health History, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Copyright

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