Dr. Shaw sets out to convey a feeling for what goes on between child psychiatrist and child and to present the rationale guiding their interaction.He wants to show how the amalgam of two points of view—the scientific and the compassionable—can be applied to help children grow. This is essentially a textbook; the content and organization are determined by the emphasis on these two approaches.
The opening sections present the origins of mental illness within the context of a continuum of character development. Reviewed here are contributions from many disparate fields which together allow for increasing understanding of the processes of personality formation. Dr. Shaw cites findings and theories from ethology, behavioral genetics, neurophysiology, anthropology, learning theory psychology, psychoanalysis, and other fields in an effort to show what factors contribute to behavioral individuality. Presented here are those factors determined by heredity and those by