Journey: A Trip Worth Taking

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(7), 556–557. Reviews the book, A Child's Journey: Forces That Shape the Lives of Our Young by Julius Segal and Herbert Yahraes (see record 1980-02957-000). In this book authors have undertaken a most ambitious popularization effort–a book highlighting major outcomes and implications of research: about the emotional lives of children. Most of the volume concern, factors that appear to shape the emotional development of children and affect their mental health. I think the authors have succeeded in their intent to produce neither a “how-to” book with glib, oversimplistic answers to parents' questions, nor a “textbook” with tedious scientific prose fit only for sophomores under midterm duress. Authors had hoped to produce an appealing but informed “resource” for “parents, teachers, doctors, and all those who deal with children”. If one assumes a certain sophistication on the part of the nonprofessionals in their audience, they have done just that. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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