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Science in the Service of Children, 1893-1935

Alice Smuts


This book presents a history of the development of child study during the early part of the twentieth century. Most nineteenth-century scientists deemed children unsuitable subjects for study, and parents were hostile to the idea. By 1935, however, the study of the child was a thriving scientific and professional field. This book shows how interrelated movements—both social and scientific—combined to transform the study of the child. Drawing on nationwide archives and extensive interviews with child study pioneers, the book recounts the role of social reformers, philanthropists, and progressiv ... More

Keywords: child study, children, parents, social movements, scientific movements, social reformers, philanthropists, progressive scientists, child guidance movement, Children's Bureau

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300108972
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alice Smuts, author

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