THE CHILDHOOD OF THE YOUNG MEN
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How did the children in the DU sample respond to the attitudes they encountered in their parents,. and what kind of children were they? We found a wide range of personalities and behaviour, from the mischievous, restless, and delinquent roamer, to the anxious, quiet, and solitary child who never left his mother's side. However, the pilot studies suggested that the DU patients displayed certain typical emotional attitudes in their relations with their parents and contemporaries in childhood, and led to the expectation that the control sample would be different in these respects. Examples of these typical attitudes were also seen in the three detailed case-studies, and included the following:
The Expression of Aggression Parents and school-teachers often described the DU boy as quiet and well behaved. They frequently reported that he was unassertive and avoided fights and other kinds of overt aggressive behaviour. If displayed, aggression in these children was reported to be sudden and explosive, and limited almost entirely to speech.