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April 1959

Sociodynamics and Psychotherapy

Author Affiliations

Englewood, N. J.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(4):486-503. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340160084013

Increased understanding of patients has led to many modifications in the evolution of dynamic psychotherapy.20 Recently, as reinforcement psychologists4,15,22,23 and social scientists have contributed information from their disciplines, new modifications in theory and practice are developing.

Hollingshead and Redlich call attention to the need for psychiatrists to recognize social factors in their management of psychiatric patients.26 In recent studies attempts have been made to show that an understanding of some of these factors seems to permit more effective treatment, with fewer visits, in the case of children5,9 and young married women, particularly at the time of childbearing.10

The present study will consider features of ethnic origin, socioeconomics, and mobility in these and other age, marital, and sex groups and their implications in psychotherapy. It will investigate the effectiveness of introducing new methods suggested by experimental and other studies in modern behavioral and social psychology, cultural