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February 1961

The Readiness to Offer PsychotherapyIts Relationship to Social Background and Formulation of Complaint

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;4(2):202-212. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710080098014

Introduction  The recent wave of mass immigration from a great number of countries of widely different social and cultural structure presents to Israel's psychotherapists the challenge of having to cope in everyday psychiatric practice with the specific problems arising from the different cultural background of their patients. It also presents them with the opportunity to investigate the impact of a variety of aspects of the patient's social background on the theory and practice of psychotherapy. As a first effort in this direction, an analysis of the social background of a psychiatric OPD population sample has been reported in an earlier communication.10 The social background of 195 consecutive first applicants to the psychiatric OPD of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Hospital in Jerusalem was compared with census data of the city and the relationships between age, sex, marital status, occupational level, time of immigration, country

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