By his wide influence as author and teacher C.W. Valentine had established himself as a leading authority in this country on child psychology applied to early training. Originally published in 1953, this was a book for parents who need help and advice in bringing up their children and who were puzzled by the obscure and often contradictory assertions of child psychologists.
This book deals with the earliest problems – feeding, weaning, sleep, etc.; it then goes on to early discipline, first school difficulties and adolescence. The great individual differences in children, frequently in the same family, are stressed, so that parents would not be so ready to imagine behaviour to be abnormal. It also sought to help parents understand themselves in their attitude towards their children.
As teachers, social and religious workers, children’s welfare officers and nurses, were increasingly brought into touch with parents to discuss with them the upbringing of their children, it was hoped that this book would be of use to those groups as well as to parents themselves.
Part 1: Introduction 1. Parents and Children 2. The Nature of Psychology and the Best Approach Part 2: Some Basic Motives and Influences on Conduct 3. The Inborn or Basic Motives in Man 4. Individual Differences in the Strength of Inborn Tendencies 5. Sympathy and the Protective Impulse 6. Social Training and Habits 7. Imitation and its Limitations 8. Suggestion and its Influence Part 3: Unconscious Influences and Abnormal Reactions 9. Unconscious Influences on Conduct and on Mental Health 10. Repression and the Inferiority Complex 11. Abnormal Parental Influences and Attitudes 12. Some Unconscious or Abnormal Child Reactions to Parents Part 4: General Intelligence and Special Abilities 13. General Intelligence and Intelligence Tests 14. General Ability 15. Special Abilities and Activities Part 5: Stages of Development of the Child 16. Some General Principles of Development 17. Babyhood: Some Problems of Food, Sleep, Fears, and Cleanliness 18. The First Two Years: Development and Attainments 19. Early Infancy – Ages Two to Five 20. Middle Childhood and School 21. Adolescence Part 6: Further Main Problems of School and Home 22. Some Special School Problems 23. Discipline in the Home. Index.
Charles W. Valentine (1879-1964) is an important figure in the history of educational psychology. Leaving school at 17 to become a teacher, he continued to study himself at the same time, gaining degrees from London, Cambridge and St. Andrews. He was professor of education at the University of Birmingham in 1919 until his retirement in 1946, then president of the British Psychological Society for 1947-1948. His research covered many areas including child development, imagery, mental testing, home and classroom discipline. Out of print for many years the Collected Works of C.W. Valentine is an opportunity to revisit many of his finest works.