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November 26, 1973

Adolescent Psychiatry, vol 2: Developmental and Clinical Studies

JAMA. 1973;226(9):1123-1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230090047025

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Although the first volume in this series, published in 1971, dealt largely with psychoanalytic problems, this second volume covers a much wider range of subjects and viewpoints. The contributors are mainly American, but several are from Argentina, England, and Israel.

Several papers deal with the family and the youth's problems of separation from it. Stierlin, Levi, and Savard show the effect of centripetal and centrifugal patterns of family adjustment. Ekstein describes the adolescent's struggle against separation and presents interesting illustrative cases. His paper is discussed at length by Frank Williams, with special reference to family therapy. This is the subject of another paper by Williams and is touched on by several others.

Sexual problems and the recent sexual revolution are discussed by several authors. Of course, drug abuse is considered. So much has been written about this recently that it is surprising to see how much Derek Miller contributes that