Monday, July 21, 2008

When I was your age....

Old timers often criticize young folk for whining about problems in their young lives. Youngsters of today might be interested to know that kids in Oregon in the late 1930s could be remanded to a child guidance clinic for the following reasons:

Conduct:
anti-social
automatisms
begging
destructive
disobedience
erratic
crying
fighting
forgery
crushes
housebreak
immoral
indecent
lying
purse snatching
refuse talk
running away
sex deliquency
stealing
temper
truancy
unmanageable
unreasonable speeches

Education:
failing
poor grades
reading difficulty
retarded
slow

Habits:
continual vomiting
enuresis
dirty language
faulty food habits
masturbation
spasms
soiling
untidy

Personality:
aggressive
depressed
effeminate
emasculate
day dreaming
immature
insolent
introvertive
irritable
lack of concentration
marked sex interest
nervous
negativistic
peculiar
recessive
resentful
seizures
speech defect
unsocial
unstable
excessive fears
fainting spells

Other:
convulsions
determination of handedness
nightmares
poor training
suspected mental difficulty
vocational guidance
inability to walk
marked slowness of movement

Still feel like whining? Be glad you can, even if you may be hassled by an old timer. (List courtesy of Child Guidance in Oregon with recommendations of the Governor's Special Committee, July 1, 1937.)

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