Accession Number:

ADA107972

Title:

William Healy, M.D., Father of the American Child Guidance Movement

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

102.0

Abstract:

William Healy 1869-1963 has been considered a significant leader in the early organization of the American child guidance movement. this biographical study is centered on his development as a physician and psychiatrist, and the manner in which this related to the sociocultural milieu of his times. It examines the evidence for his centrality in a number of professional developments which were part of or related to the child guidance movement of 1909-1944. Healys role as author, teacher, and practitioner in the fields of delinquency research, mental testing, use of the case study method, organization of child guidance clinics, and the training of child psychiatrists, child psychologists, and psychiatric social workers is evaluated. Healys own books and articles, selected correspondence, books written about him, and an oral history recorded in 1960 are the major sources of information. The evidence strongly supports the thesis that Healy was the father of the American child guidance movement, itself the precursor of American child psychiatry.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE