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June 1941

Psychiatric Social Work.

Arch NeurPsych. 1941;45(6):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1941.02280180163016

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This balanced and provocative study, begun with the aid of a grant from the Commonwealth Fund, was conducted under the supervision of the Advisory Committee on Standards of the American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers.

The author traces the history of psychiatric social work from its early beginnings, noting the organization of the American Association of Psychiatric Social Workers twenty-five years ago, the influences on psychiatry of the first World War, the development of child guidance clinics and services and their consequent effects on psychiatric social work. Owing to the growing body of knowledge developed in psychiatric social work, its concepts have permeated other fields, such as education and public health. Because of the bearing of psychiatric social work on "psychiatry, psychology, mental hygiene and other fields of social work and because it was influenced strongly by the developments in other fields... conflicting issues and uneven growth" have ensued.


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