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The Resource Dear Dr. Menninger : women's voices from the thirties, edited with an introduction by Howard J. Faulkner and Virginia D. Pruitt

Dear Dr. Menninger : women's voices from the thirties, edited with an introduction by Howard J. Faulkner and Virginia D. Pruitt

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Dear Dr. Menninger : women's voices from the thirties
Title
Dear Dr. Menninger
Title remainder
women's voices from the thirties
Statement of responsibility
edited with an introduction by Howard J. Faulkner and Virginia D. Pruitt
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
  • In 1930 Dr. Karl A. Menninger, one of America's most distinguished psychiatrists, was asked by the editor of Ladies' Home Journal to write a monthly column that would address mental health issues and answer questions from readers. The result was the widely popular column "Mental Hygiene in the Home," which ran for eighteen months at a time when the American public was just beginning to appreciate the idea of mental hygiene and psychotherapy. Of the thousands of letters Dr. Menninger received, only a small number were printed in the Journal. However, he wrote personal responses to all of them, over two thousand of which have been preserved. For this book, Howard J. Faulkner and Virginia D. Pruitt have selected more than eighty exchanges that provide intimate glimpses into the personal lives of women from across the country
  • Most notable in this fascinating collection is the precision and clarity of the women's voices, as well as Dr. Menninger's incisive, analytical, and elegantly phrased replies. The topics that were of major concern to these women included their own sexuality, cheating husbands, problem children, and interfering in-laws - in other words, the same issues that many women still face today. Although Dr. Menninger's advice may sometimes be questionable by modern standards, these letters provide a useful look at the social assumptions of the 1930s. Included in the book is an excellent introduction by the editors that traces America's affection for advice columns, chronicles Dr. Menninger's life and work, and provides an overview of the development of psychotherapy. Entertaining as well as informative, these letters not only offer a valuable reflection of women's issues during the Depression era but also invite comparison and contrast with contemporary problems, attitudes, and values
  • "In 1930 Dr. Karl A. Menninger, one of America's most distinguished psychiatrists, was asked by the editor of Ladies' Home Journal to write a monthly column that would address mental health issues and answer questions from readers. The result was the widely popular column "Mental Hygiene in the Home," which ran for eighteen months at a time when the American public was just beginning to popularize the idea of mental hygiene and psychotherapy. Of the thousands of letters Dr. Menninger received, only a small number were printed in the Journal. However, he wrote personal responses to all of them, over two thousand of which have been preserved. For this book, Howard J. Faulkner and Virginia D. Pruitt have selected more than eighty exchanges that provide intimate glimpses into the personal lives of women from across the country. Most notable in this fascinating collection is the precision and clarity of the women's voices, as well as Dr. Menninger's incisive, analytical, and elegantly phrased replies. The topics that were of major concern to these women included their own sexuality, cheating husbands, problem children, and interfering in-lawsþin other words, the same issues that many women still face today. Although Dr. Menninger's advice may sometimes be questionable by modern standards, these letters provide a useful look at the social assumptions of the 1930s. Included in the book is an excellent introduction by the editors that traces America's affection for advice columns, chronicles Dr. Menninger's life and work, and provides an overview of the development of psychotherapy. Entertaining as well as informative, these letters not only offer a valuable reflection of women's issues during the Depression era but also invite comparison and contrast with contemporary problems, attitudes, and values."--Publishers website
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
no index present
LC call number
HQ1420
LC item number
.D42 1997
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1945-
  • 1943-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Faulkner, Howard J.
  • Pruitt, Virginia D.
  • University of Missouri Press
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  • Women
  • Women
  • Psychiatrists
  • Sex role
  • Women
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatry
  • Gender Identity
  • Social Conditions
  • Women
  • Women's Health
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Dear Dr. Menninger : women's voices from the thirties, edited with an introduction by Howard J. Faulkner and Virginia D. Pruitt
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sexual conflicts -- Depression and anxiety -- Unconscious hostility -- Narcissism and infantilism -- Isolated personalities -- Philandering husbands -- Abusive husbands -- Disappointing husbands -- Frigid wives -- Interfering in-laws -- Problem parents -- Problem children -- Nonmarital relationships
Control code
36112040
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 258 pages
Isbn
9780826211118
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
96040209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Dear Dr. Menninger : women's voices from the thirties, edited with an introduction by Howard J. Faulkner and Virginia D. Pruitt
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Sexual conflicts -- Depression and anxiety -- Unconscious hostility -- Narcissism and infantilism -- Isolated personalities -- Philandering husbands -- Abusive husbands -- Disappointing husbands -- Frigid wives -- Interfering in-laws -- Problem parents -- Problem children -- Nonmarital relationships
Control code
36112040
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 258 pages
Isbn
9780826211118
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
96040209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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