The Historical-Clinic Chart Study
Concern about the family throughout the century, culminating in the crisis in the family in the 1980s, prompted us to conduct a review of records of children seen at our Bingham Child Guidance Clinic since the early 1920s. We thought that information about the children’s sociodemographic characteristics and presenting problems and about their families’ (and especially their parents’) problems over most of this century would enlarge our historical perspective and add a clinical component to our extensive literature reviews and epidemiological study. We were particularly interested in change in the family over time. Therefore, we reviewed a random sample of records of children seen at the clinic from 1923 to 1988 to determine possible changes in children’s and families’ presenting problems and in family factors that influenced the children over the greater part of this century.
KeywordsMental Illness Present Problem Addictive Behavior Family Problem Marital Problem
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