Historical Perspective on Diagnosis of Childhood Disorders
Child psychiatry is a very recent addition to the scientific study and treatment of mental disorders. Around the turn of the century, Binet introduced the first psychometric measure for children, but the scale was not used in the United States until after 1910. This occurrence was closely followed by the application of psychoana lytic theory, which strongly influenced child psychia try in that it viewed childhood experience as a determinant of adult psychopa thology. The emphasis placed on the meaning of childhood events and their influence on later psychiatric disturbance evoked interest in obtaining information directly from children.