ERIC Number: ED022560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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Head Start Evaluation and Research Center, Boston University. Report B-I, Primary and Secondary Prevention Studying Clinical Process and Disturbance with Preschool Children.
Fish, Caroline; And Others
Two groups of preschool children from the Boston area were selected to participate in a study of marginal emotional disorders, their diagnosis by an interdisciplinary team, and their effect upon a child's functioning in the preschool setting. The two groups of children who attended the diagnostic sessions consisted of 19 lower class Head Start pupils from the inner-city and eight middle class children from a suburb preschool program. The interdisciplinary team included master teachers, child psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and a speech-hearing specialist. Graduate students recorded the behavior of the children. The 27 children attended the diagnostic sessions 3 days a week and were observed, by means of one-way mirrors, by the interdisciplinary team. Staff meetings were held after the sessions to discuss what had been observed and what assistance could be rendered to emotionally disturbed children and their teachers. The project raised more questions than it answered, but among its findings were (1) that social class differences in pathology were not striking, (2) that the data gathering process was not extensive enough, (3) that project communication with the lower class community was insufficient, and (4) that the use of an interdisciplinary team did provide a welcome depth to the informational analysis. (WD)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA.