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October 1942

Psychotherapy with Children.

Arch NeurPsych. 1942;48(4):688. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1942.02290100188018

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The experience of seventeen years in the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic serves as the basis of the material which Dr. Allen describes in this remarkable book. The opening chapters deal with the underlying conceptions on which therapy rests. These are necessarily incomplete, as knowledge of normal development is still incomplete. The rest of the book is devoted to the consideration of carefully selected details which serve to illustrate the basis for the generalizations. The reader is not distracted by controversy, pretensions to originality or claims to statistical success and is thus freed to focus his attention completely on the subject at hand.

The unique feature of Dr. Allen's method is its predominant emphasis on the physician-child relationship. The content of the child's communication is not to be interpreted as having significance on its own account, but is to be regarded only as a symbolic statement of the child's relationship to