The neurotic behavior of the institutionalized child

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1970

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the extent and range of neurotic symptomatology among children admitted to Burnett-Bayland Home during a period extending from February 1, 1965 through June 1, 1969 dichotomized by sex, length of time spent in the institution, and by sex and length of stay. the children were residents of Burnett-Bayland Home and only those who remained at the institution until the conclusion of the study were included in the research. In addition, the study intended to establish the effects of institutionalization upon a child and to determine if neurotic symptoms become more prevalent the longer the period of time a child is institutionalized.

Methods: Forty-two dependent variables reflecting background characteristics of a variety of neurotic symptoms were chosen, operationally defined, and numerically coded in order that a computer analysis could be made. A coded tally form was completed on 108 of the children institutionalized at Burnett-Bayland Home. The collected data was analyzed by computer using the Chi Square and t tests.

Findings: The results of the analysis indicate that: 1. No significant difference was observed between children institutionalized less than twelve months and those in the institution for twelve months or more. 2. A significant difference was observed in the manifestation of the following three symptoms of rhythmic motor habits and teeth grinding than did the females in the group. Of those children that admitted to engaging in excessive masturbation, more girls admitted to doing so more often than the males in the group. Caution must be exercised here though, because the male group that denied masturbating altogether may be composed of boys who engage in masturbatory activity. 3. There was no significant difference between the males institutionalized less than one year and those in the institution for a year or more. 4. There was no significant difference between the females institutionalized less than one year and the females in the institution for a year or more.

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Emotional problems of children., Orphans.

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