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June 1960

Significance of the Sex of the Psychiatrist

Author Affiliations

Morristown, N.J.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;2(6):622-631. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.03590120030004

Origin of Study  The idea for this study arose from informal discussion among psychiatrists about the increasing number of women psychiatrists and the roles they play. Women psychiatrists, like men psychiatrists, display great variation in personality, training, individual experience, culture, and environment. References to the advantage of a particular sex for the treatment of an individual patient are frequent in verbal expression and occasional in the literature. Many psychiatrists freely mention their greater therapeutic success with some types of patients, but little objective study has been made for the reasons. Current Literature indicated no research except that by Glover,1 who reported on answers to a questionnaire on psychoanalytic technique which included three questions on the sex of the analyst. Most of the references dealt with psychoanalysis, and their scope did not embrace other treatment techniques, hence the need for further exploration.

Method  The methods

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