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September 1968

Treating the Troubled Family.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(3):383-384. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740090127021

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Dr. Ackerman, one of the distinguished psychiatrists in the United States, has given the struggling psychotherapists a unique treat: he has brought them with him to the treatment area and allowed them to watch him in action.

The book, Treating The Troubled Family, is divided into ten chapters. Each chapter is dealing with a different aspect of family dynamics and family therapy. Though Ackerman devotes considerable portions of the book to theoretical aspects of family dy namics and family homeostatis, his real contribution lies in his examples of psychother apy with families and couples. There are five detailed case examples where tran scripts of the tapes of therapeutic sessions are presented exactly as they occurred. On the margins of the transcripts Dr. Ackerman provides the reader with his assessment of what is going on. The comments vary but they give the reader an excellent idea of how the therapist views a particular interaction, why

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