THE DISCIPLINE OF WELL-ADJUSTED CHILDREN by

THE DISCIPLINE OF WELL-ADJUSTED CHILDREN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A study which is a successor to These Well Adjusted Children and which derives from a survey of some 400 odd parents of children from five to twenty two, selected on the basis of their successful adjustment by their teachers and principals. A first section analyses, from contemporary material, the changing trends in discipline from 1880- and the firm authoritarian hand (or hairbrush), to 1950, stresses the shift from training to guidance. Successive sections give a verbatim report, in the words of the parents interviewed of their concept of discipline-and punishment- as it is applied at home and in school, and as it extends to all forms of family living in a certain regularization of conduct, and participation in group activities. The conclusion reached is that rebuke and punishment and control are only a means of accomplishing the discipline- but are not the discipline itself.... An interesting dossier of evidence, for a professional rather than a general parent audience.

Publisher: John Day