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Old 01-26-2011, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Interesting article

Eugenics & The Story of Carrie Buck | World of Psychology

I found this article interesting. Although I knew we had a shameful history towards mental health I never realized that here in America, "The Land of the Free" that it was this bad.

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One of the most devastating times in psychology was a movement called eugenics, a name coined by Sir Francis Galton in 1883. The goal of eugenics was to improve the genetic composition of the population: to encourage healthy, smart individuals to reproduce (called positive eugenics) and to discourage the poor, who were considered unintelligent and unfit, from reproducing (negative eugenics)
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By the 1930s, over 30 states had sterilization laws. Some states even expanded the definition to include blindness, deafness, drug addiction and alcoholism.
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