November 1965

Group Therapy in Childhood Psychosis.

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By Rex W. Speers, MD, and Cornelius Lansing, MD. Price, $6. Pp 186. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC 27515, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(5):478. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730050092017

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This volume stems from a multidiscipline research project, conducted at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, evaluating the effectiveness of treating young psychotic children in groups. The reader is introduced to the report by a descriptive outline of the criteria used for selection of patients and the treatment program, for parents, as well as the patients. Preceding an account of the therapy of the children's, mothers' and fathers' groups, of a two-year period, the authors provide the reader with case histories and a summary of each child's course of therapy. Of special interest to this reviewer, is the authors' detailed descriptions of the physical environment in which the therapy was conducted and the therapists' interaction with the children. Therapy was discussed in terms of the development and handling of anxiety and aggression, and as related to excretory activity, sexuality, attitudes toward food

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