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February 1969

Adolescents in a Mental Hospital.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(2):251-252. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740140123024

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Adolescence, once regarded as mainly a transitional period from childhood to adulthood, is now being considered an area of specialization needing special techniques and procedures. This monograph is a much needed contribution to the still scant literature on the hospital treatment of adolescents. Well written, with a sense of humor, the book reviews the literature, and then pursues the adolescent and his family through all aspects of the hospitalization in a small university-affiliated hospital.

Dr. Hartmann and his group report on the growing trend toward the establishment of special programing for the treatment of adolescents within the general psychiatric hospital. They see this as preferable to alladolescent wards because of certain advantages accrued from the presence of adults; dilution, opportunities to relate to adults, gains in individual status, interference with reinforcement of behavior frequently seen on adolescent units, and the general flexibility available in

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