February 1962

Family Group Therapy: A Method for the Psychological Treatment of Older Children, Adolescents and Their Parents.

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By John E. Bell. Price, $0.35. Pp. 52. Public Health Monograph No. 64, Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D.C., 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;6(2):183. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01710200075010

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Among the current plethora of psychiatric books it is unusual to find one as exciting and stimulating as Dr. Bell's monograph. The author has been troubled for many years by the inadequate treatment methods for the disturbed adolescents. Psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, modified psychoanalysis, group therapy, etc., have had but few notable successes. About ten years ago Bell began experimenting with family therapy using the nuclear biological family, which he feels is the unit that needs to be treated. In a lucid chapter he presents his reasons for this conclusion. After considerable experience he has structured the over-all pattern of treatment progress. At first there is an orientation phase. Then in turn there are as follows: a child-centered phase, a parent-child interaction, a father-mother interaction, a sibling interaction, and finally a family-centered phase. Detailed examination of the various stages through which therapy progresses is illustrated by excerpts from the completely recorded

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