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April 1948

Psychotherapy in Child Guidance.

Arch NeurPsych. 1948;59(4):561-562. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1948.02300390118019

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Abstract

This book stems from a study of child guidance at the Jewish Board of Guardians in New York undertaken several years ago by Gordon Hamilton, professor of social work, New York School of Social Work. Direct therapy with children has been conducted by social workers at the Jewish Board of Guardians for several years now, and Miss Hamilton attempts to describe the program's orientation and to show that psychotherapy may be "appropriately practiced in a social work rather than a medical setting." The book is for the most part a textbook of psychoanalytic theory with fragmentary case material. There is no discussion of such fundamental issues as duration of therapy, results or the relative roles of concomitant treatment of child and parent. It is unfortunate that data on these subjects are omitted; without them it is impossible to assess the function or value of any treatment program.

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