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October 1960

Motivation for Child Psychiatry Treatment.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;3(4):450. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.01710040120013

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This seasoned clinical and statistical study of the complex motivational forces that propel parents to seek, avoid, or resist psychiatric help for themselves and their emotionally disturbed children will be greeted with interest by mental health professionals. Apart from a systematic exploration of this important problem, the authors also address themselves to the practical questions of what kinds of families are apt to derive the greatest amount of benefit from visits to psychiatric clinics, and what types of families become "drop-outs" before treatment is completed.

After a most useful review of recent research efforts to untangle the motivational web of coming-to and staying-in treatment, the authors present a theory of motivation, which takes into account the family goal structure, and the family's prevailing internal interpersonal patterns and its relations with the total external social environment. The authors general and specific formulations constitute the basis of their study of the behavior

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