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February 1958

Role Relations in the Mental Health Professions

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;79(2):234-237. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340020114021

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Abstract

With the rapid growth of mental health facilities during and since World War II the concept of the "mental health team" has emerged to describe the collaborative efforts of psychiatry, clinical psychology, and psychiatric social work. New roles and role relationships are evolving which in some respects have led to mutual satisfaction, although in others to conflict and strain. This volume is a study of the role relationships among the professions in today's psychiatric clinic, focusing not on the product of the collaborative work but on the attitudes, expectations, and feelings of the members of the various professions in their relations with one another.

It is not surprising that persons professionally concerned with the satisfactions and frustrations of social interplay in the lives of their patients should turn their interest upon themselves and try to view with some detachment their own social transactions. Yet such concern with the social dynamics

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