The interventions

  • G J Ebrahim


In the preceding chapters evidence has been presented to show that physical, emotional and intellectual growth as well as development of the personality are closely interrelated. This development in turn depends upon the interaction of a broad range of genetic and environmental factors. The latter are primarily concerned with the needs of children with regard to adequate nutrition, prevention of ill health, physical protection as well as social and mental stimulation within a loving and emotionally secure family relationship. The grosser form of deficiencies has been largely eliminated from the affluent societies of Western Europe and North America, though pockets of poverty do persist even there. Several studies in these countries have shown the serious physical, social and mental handicaps suffered by children of the disadvantaged even in the socalled welfare societies. Arising out of these studies and the experience of developing services over the past half a century or so, a new approach is evolving; namely that of positive good health, the importance of educating the ‘whole’ child for tomorrow’s world, and that of strengthening the individual and the family in order to cope with stress in society in an era of accelerating change.


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