Autobiography and the Science of Child Study

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
Autobiography and the Science of Child Study

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This chapter examines British psychiatrist Henry Maudsley's criticism on the science of child study during the beginning of the 20th century. In his address to the 1900 meeting of the Medico-Psychological Association, Maudsley launched a scathing attack on recent work on the psychology of children based on trying to imagine oneself as a child. Maudsley believed that study of the child mind should proceed through careful physiological observation of its movements, ‘for mental apprehensions are based on motor apprehensions’.

Keywords: Henry Maudsley; child study; child development; child psychology; child mind; Medico-Psychological Association

Chapter.  5877 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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