THE ARTICLE by Horowitz et al1 in this issue of the Archives is intended to introduce a complex procedure of personality assessment, the role-relationship method, to a wide and varied readership. Horowitz et al give a glimpse of the scientific and theoretical background of this approach, present a single example of how this approach is used, and finally give a brief summary of a novel program to assess the reliability and validity of this procedure. Since all these sections are intended to be introductory, none is detailed enough to provide a basis for a systematic clinical or scientific critique. Rather, in the spirit of this contribution, it is more productive to consider the article itself as a configuration of carefully arranged parts and to examine this configuration of clinical ideas and procedures as a whole.
See also pages 625, 637, 639, 642, 645, 646, 649, 651, and 654
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