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PEDIATRICIAN'S ROLE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PERSONALITY PROBLEMS OF ADOLESCENTS

WILLIAM A. SCHONFELD, M.D.
AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(6):762-770. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030776002.
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ALTHOUGH a great deal of verbal support has been given the concept that the problems of the adolescent should be an integral part of pediatric practice, very little constructive work has been done by the pediatrician to understand and manage the challenging problems of adolescence.

Our knowledge is still limited with respect to the interplay of psychologic, organic and growth factors which during the second decade of life have an effect on personality development and which may lead to psychogenic disorders during both adolescence and later life. It is important for the pediatrician, general practitioner, endocrinologist and psychiatrist to work together with the educator, sociologist and anthropologist in this inadequately explored field. Research should be directed more toward an understanding of the interrelation of participating forces as a goal than toward mere accumulation of developmental data.1 The pediatrician is in a unique position, by virtue of the potential continuity

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