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June 1966

Reclaiming the Delinquent by Para-Analytic Group Psychotherapy and the Inversion Technique.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(6):664-665. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730120104023

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To refer to Mr. Slavson as dedicated, tireless, prolific, and creative would appear to be a monumental understatement when one realizes that his fertile mind has generated over a period of some 50 years a remarkable family of associations, journals, papers, and books devoted to original innovations in the areas of group work, education, recreation, and psychotherapy. It is even difficult to refer to him as venerable when this, his 14th book, emerges as a huge tome of almost 800 pages representing the outcome of six years of intensive experimentation at the Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY, designed to seek out new psychotherapeutic tools with which to enable the delinquent to recognize his own inner life and to reconstruct his psyche.

Part One explores the theoretical background of the study. The sources and meanings of the "delinquent act" are analyzed; then the characteristics of the boys are delineated, including

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