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October 1968

Psychological Testing: Its Usefulness in Teaching Psychotherapy and Psychodynamics to Medical Students

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Child Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle. Dr. Christ is currently with the Department of Psychiatry, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Pelham Pkwy and Eastchester Rd, Bronx, NY 10461.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(4):487-490. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740100103014

UNDERSTANDING psychodynamics and learning to do psychotherapy with a child and his parents is at best a difficult and time-consuming procedure. It is, of course, much more difficult to give even a meaningful exposure to this process to fourth year medical students who may, as in our setting, have a total of 12 weekly interviews with the child and family. In order to increase the effective use of these 12 weeks, we decided to expand the usual involvement of the clinical psychologist. In this paper we will describe a procedure of discussing Psychological test protocol material that has been utilized with 36 medical students over a three-year period. This procedure has contributed to increased intellectual and emotional understanding of the psychodynamics of the disturbed child and his family.

Methods for increasing the usefulness of psychological test results have received some attention in the literature. In