|Blau, A. (1949). Psychotherapy in Child Guidance: By Gordon Hamilton. New York: Columbia University Press, 1947. 340 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 18:105-107.|
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(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:105-107
Psychotherapy in Child Guidance: By Gordon Hamilton. New York: Columbia University Press, 1947. 340 pp.
Professor Gordon Hamilton, of the New York School of Social Work, has written an excellent monograph on the practice of psychoanalytically oriented by social workers in a guidance clinic. The book is a report of the three-year study of a project which the Jewish Board of Guardians of New York has carried on for over ten years.
To do , the social worker must have a of the case. The classification employed is simplified under three headings: 'the who acts out his impulses', 'the anxious ', and 'the severely disturbed '. The first refers to the (conduct and habit) disorders; the second, not too clear, probably includes and ; the last group, most inclusive, collects psychosomatic illnesses, stuttering, , psychotic reactions, obsessive and compulsive neuroses, 'psychopathic personalities' (a regrettable, archaic inclusion) and characters. Workers are warned to be alert for signs of physical and mental .
This classification is an oversimplification which misses its purpose. If social workers can be taught , should they not be expected to use more adequate clinical diagnoses? Can a social worker alone do all that is asked? Is it not the best and safest solution, as is stated later in the text, to have each case reviewed periodically by a psychiatrist?
The disorder syndrome is well described, but that these children enjoy their (p. 48), have deficient superegos (p. 45) and little feelings of (p. 49) seems contrary to fact. These children show evidences of quantitatively well-developed but qualitatively distorted, oversevere superegos. They have extreme and oversensitive reactions of which they, to be sure, do not verbalize but act out. This does not represent but inner , like any other neuroses; it is a temporary, symptomatic relief from a primitively cruel ,
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