In the Children's Department of the Maudsley Hospital an “Item Sheet” is routinely completed in respect of each child who attends. The items on this sheet (or “check-list”) cover a wide range of possible features in a child's personality, history, background and environment, as well as in his psychological and physical condition, and symptomatology.
A number of samples of these Item Sheets have been submitted to statistical analysis, with a view to identifying any common factors that may be present in the case data they summarize. The various samples have been arrived at according to age and sex of the children concerned. An earlier paper (1) has described the results of this procedure in respect of two such samples, boys and girls between eight and ten years of age. A subsequent paper will give an account of the results in respect of thirteen to fifteen year olds. The present report gives the results that emerged for the younger ages of referral to the clinic, boys and girls between approximately five and seven years of age.