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To help bridge the gaps in Auckland's psychological services, which are becoming more and more apparent as wartime problems and readjustments have to be faced, a. new service has been inaugurated in the city. This is the Family Guidance Centre, which was opened recently on the recommendation of a number of Auckland doctors.

The object of the centre is to help people with marriage, child-training and personal problems. It has the services of a trailed psychologist, who has had extensive experience abroad in both psychological and psycho-analytical work, and also the assistance of trained advisers.

One of the most important aspects of the centre's work concerns the giving of advice to young people planning marriage. Overseas it is recognised that young people should be properly equipped for matrimony, that they should be confident that they are suitably matched and that a medical check-up may be advisable. The centre in Auckland aims „at helping young people in this way, so that the sacrifices and adjustments necessary in marriage may be made successfully and happily. Marriage difficulties are also dealt with by the centre, which is under the sponsorship of the Family Planning Association. It is felt that many separations and divorces could be avoided if married couples who are experiencing difficulties could discuss their problems with a disinterested, qualified outsider.-Child-training Problems Another important, aspect of the work embraces child problems, including nightmares, excessive thumb sucking, nail biting, bed wetting, aggressiveness and destructiveness in small children and eating difficulties.

People seeking advice on sex education are advised of suitable books and given personal help if necessary. Finally, personal relationships are handled, including such symptoms as self-consciousness and nervousness, lack of adjustment to surroundings and unhappiness in working conditions. During the first three months of its existence, all these problems, as well as others, were dealt with at the centre. The people concerned had from one to six interviews with one of the advisers and where it proved desirable they were , sent to one of the doctors who are on the advisory committee of the centre.

Certain psychological tests are applied and detailed questionnaires filled in. in order to gain an insight into the personality and problems of callers. Naturally all cases are treated as highly confidential.

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FAMILY GUIDANCE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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FAMILY GUIDANCE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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