In: Epidemiological Approaches in Child Psychiatry 1977; 195-222
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Reprinted from Epidemiological Approaches in Child Psychiatry, P.J. Graham (ed.), "Familial and aociological correlates of behavioural and sociometric deviance in 8 year old children", I. Kolvin, R.F. Garside, A.R. Nicol, A. MacMillan, F. Wolstenholme and I.M. Leitch, pp. 195-222 (©Academic Press, 1977).
A child must make a number of major adjustments at school. In this paper we focus on the formal educational and academic demands (where failure leads to educational handicap); the demands of emotional adjustment and behavioural control (where failure leads to emotional handicap); and, merging with both the others, the demands of social relationships with peers. Signs of failure in any of these areas would constitute evidence of psychological vulnerability and failings in one area could have repercussions in the others.