A Case Study of Six Boys Displaying Emotional Stresses With Treatment Involving Remedial Reading at Catholic Charities Guidance Institute, Bronx Division
Background of the Study. The reading problem of our children, is one that is of major concern to educators, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. The problem is not entirely a new one, and our interest has been increasing over the last fifty years. There does not seem to be any one reason for reading difficulties, rather the tendency in theory is that learning is a multiple causative function of the child. Reasons offered by parents for reading failures vary from lack of intelligence of their child, to the teacher is not adequate. Dr. Rudolf l Flesch, editorial consultant at New York University, states in his book, that the main reason for reading failures is the inadequate teaching methods of our school systems. He claims that since the "phonetic" method of teaching was discontinued about thirty years ago, our children have shown increasing difficulty in reading since they guess rather than sound words. Despite the above it is generally felt that poor reading is more a result of emotional maladjustment, that is a mental block, than any other proffered reason. It seems that personality disturbance in a child, can lead him to negate the school to the degree that he will not read, not because he cannot, but that he does not wish to. Reading disability is not confined to children of low intelligence. Rather any child may be subject to reading problems regardless of intelligence, that is low average, average or even above average. Dr. Robert S. Stewart completed a study of average and above average intelligence children, who manifested reading problems. While a student doing field work at Catholic Charities Guidance Institute, Bronx Division, the writer became aware of the many crises that presented behavior disorders, but required reading therapy. On initial exploration there seemed to be a correlation between personality and behavior disorders and remedial reading patients. In this study, the writer will attempt to see if such a correlation exists.
Counseling Psychology|Clinical psychology|Mental health|Social work
Brown, Thomas Joseph, "A Case Study of Six Boys Displaying Emotional Stresses With Treatment Involving Remedial Reading at Catholic Charities Guidance Institute, Bronx Division" (1957). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670812.