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January 1966

Graphic Demonstration of Receding Schizophrenia: A Step-By-Step Depiction in a Boy's Drawings From His Latency to Late Adolescence

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From the District of Columbia Government Children's Center, Laurel, Md.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(1):48-54. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730070050006

WITH A STEADY expansion of mental health facilities, increased need arises for diagnostic tools which do not consume many valuable professional working hours and which therefore do expedite the helping process. The interpretation of drawings is one of the means which can be used by many more workers in the mental health professions. In this paper we are presenting a vivid demonstration of how the understanding of drawings may accelerate otherwise lengthy evaluative processes.

Report of a Case  A 10-year-old boy was committed as a juvenile delinquent to the District of Columbia Department of Public Welfare with the diagnosis of schizophrenic reaction, childhood type. He spent his first three years of institutionalization in an intensive treatment cottage which is part of the DC Children's Center in Laurel, Md. Up to the time of this report, he continues in institutions of decreasing treatment intensity. During this period—seven years—gradual but decidedly

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