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November 1967

The Contribution of the Social Sciences to Psychotherapy.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;17(5):640. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730290128023

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This monograph contains the papers presented at a recent symposium sponsored by the Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital and the Marquette University School of Medicine. The participants represented the fields of psychoanalysis, sociology, anthropology, and psychology. The task for the meeting was to focus on the problem of integrating social science concepts with psychotherapy.

Because much impetus for the above-stated task comes from the pressure of current social changes, there is apparent the tendency to evaluate psychotherapy as a tool in solving social problems. The issue of the conceptual integration of social science with psychodynamic theory is lost occasionally, so that a more inclusive view of behavior is not forthcoming. The article by Otto Pollak does offer a redefinition of psychotherapeutic goals through examination of traditional, outmoded sex role concepts and the exposition of these goals within the framework of middle-class ideology. Hollingshead presents a resume

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