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few who were big because they were in athletics, and they were prominent in athletics.

Q:

Now, when you were having this trouble with math, you could have switched to a major other than psychology. What really swung you to psychology, besides your husband-to-be's recommendation?

Clark:

Well, I'd always had an interest in children. Always, from the time I was very small. I'd always though I wanted to work with children, and psychology seemed a good field. I wasn't interested in teaching as such, in going into education, and psychology seemed to offer a potential in several different areas. I was interested in abnormal psychology, and that potentially was an area in which you could work in mental hospitals, or -- you know, work in specialized settings, with children. I was interested in the educational aspect of psychology, to be a school psychologist and work with children in elementary schools. The field had potentially more opportunities to work with children, and it was very compatible with my interest in children.

Q:

Was this rationale something that you developed pretty much on your own, or was it largely influenced by Kenneth Clark, or was it a blend?

Clark:

I would say it was a blend. I would say it was a blend. At that time he wasn't interested in children, at that time. And it was a blend, because he opened up this whole area for me, and I began to see what I was going to do with myself.



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