Medicine: The Too Modern Parent

Prudish parents have long been a favorite target of the psychiatrists. Puritanical homes are often blamed for giving children a neurotic attitude toward sex. But one psychiatrist thinks that modern parents can carry their modernism too far. Dr. Flanders Dunbar, 46, mother of a seven-year-old daughter and author of the 1947 bestseller Mind and Body (TIME, Oct. 6, 1947), sounds the warning in her new book, out this week, Your Child's Mind and Body (Random House; $2.95).

"In our gradual outgrowing of the hush-hush period," writes Psychiatrist Dunbar, "many of the so-called 'enlightened' parents...