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January 1965

Adolescent in Psychotherapy.

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By Donald J. Holmes, MD. Price, $9.50. Pp 328, with no illustrations. Little, Brown & Co., Inc., 34 Beacon St, Boston, Mass 02106, 1964.

Am J Dis Child. 1965;109(1):97-98. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090020099018

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Dr. Holmes has written a valuable book which, while largely stripped of technical jargon, is nonetheless based on both an extensive knowledge of psychiatry and an impressive experience with young people. This volume does not deal with specific syndromes or diagnostic categories but rather with the subject as indicated in the title. Part I deals with the aims and treatment problems of adolescents, the role of adults, and a gem of a section on treatment approaches and techniques. Part II deals more specifically with individual psychotherapy, while part III is an excellent section on inpatient treatment and problems.

In discussing the treatment relationship, he explodes myths born out of the uneasiness so many have in working with adolescents. The therapeutic relationship develops spontaneously and not by design, and becomes firm enough to survive transiently negative feelings such as anger, "to tolerate the falling short of original aims." Misinterpretations of the

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