Editor, Society for the
History of Children and Youth, "Newsletter."
History of Psychology and Psychiatry & History of Childhood
Taming the Troublesome Child: American Families, Child Guidance, and the Limits of Psychiatric Authority (Harvard University Press, 1999; paperback edition, 2002) examines the development, in the first half of the twentieth century, of a psychiatric explanation of juvenile misbehavior. The study, based on research in the records of the Judge Baker Children's Center of Boston, looks at the professionals who created child guidance, the parents who sought psychiatric assistance with the trials of childrearing, and the children who were the objects of therapeutic intervention.
I am now working on a social and medical history of youth suicide 1870 to the present.
A portion of Taming the Troublesome Child has been published as "'Mother Made Me Do It': Mother-Blaming and the Women of Child Guidance," in Bad Mothers: the Politics of Blame in 20th Century America, Molly Ladd-Taylor and Lauri Umansky, eds. (New York University Press, 1998).
Other Recent Publications
"United States History Online" (Digital supplement for the U.S. History survey course), with Mark V. Barrow, Jr., Marian Mollin, and Daniel B. Thorp (Houghton-Mifflin, forthcoming).
"Education for Children with Mental Retardation: Parent Activism, Public Policy, and Family Ideology in the 1950s," in Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader, Steven Noll and James W. Trent, Jr., eds. (New York University Press, 2004).
"Teaching History of Medicine in Cyberspace," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 72 (1998): 734-743
Courses I Teach
Murder in America (Senior Seminar, Sociocultural Topics) (Fall 2000; Fall 2004)
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