Originally published in 1940, this book was addressed to students of the psychology of childhood and to parents and teachers who were trying to get from psychology some light on problems of discipline and of the difficult child. It includes critical discussions of some ideas which were gaining widespread attention at the time and which masqueraded as sound psychology, but which seem to be both untrue and harmful.
Topics dealt with include: fads and fallacies about discipline, repression and the inferiority complex, the supposed significance of sex in early childhood, early signs of abnormality, inborn individual differences, heredity and environment, are there "no problem children, only problem parents"?, is character determined by the early years?, the nursery school and the child guidance clinic, home discipline and the cooperation of parents, fallacies about corporal punishment.
Part 1: Psychology and the Difficult Child 1. Introduction. Some Unjustified Assertions as to the Psychology of Early Childhood 2. Are There ‘No Problem Children, Only Problem Parents’? Heredity versus Environment 3. Is Character Determined in the Early Years? 4. The Treatment of Problem Children and the Work of the Child Guidance Clinic Part 2: The Problem of Discipline 5. The Problem of Discipline: (A) Some Fads and Fallacies 6. The Problem of Discipline: (B) Repression, Sublimation and the Inferiority Complex 7. Some Principles of Sound Discipline 8. The Problem of Corporal Punishment 9. Parents and Home Discipline 10. Conclusion. Appendix. 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.