Preventive Counseling with Parents of Young Children

McClure, Dorothea; Schrier, Harvey
April 1956
Social Work;Apr56, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p68
Academic Journal
This article describes a project in preventive mental health at the Family Counseling Service of the Child Study Association of America. The aim of the service is to help parents of young children to improve the parent child relationship which have become temporarily imbalanced. Brief counseling is offered on an individual basis to the parent when it is believed that the child's difficulties will respond positively to an alteration in the parent's attitude or mode of handling. There are several key interrelated concepts derived from recent thinking in psychiatry which make possible a project such as this. To influence positively the mental health of children one must have some knowledge of normal development and the particular conditions under which such development can best take place. The most auspicious development is the recent introduction into analytic child psychology of direct observation of the growing infant and child.


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