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Van Dam, H. (1960). American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. XXVIII, 1958: A Type of Predelinquent Behavior. Irene M. Josselyn. Pp. 606-612.. Psychoanal Q., 29:143.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. XXVIII, 1958: A Type of Predelinquent Behavior. Irene M. Josselyn. Pp. 606-612.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:143

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. XXVIII, 1958: A Type of Predelinquent Behavior. Irene M. Josselyn. Pp. 606-612.

Heiman Van Dam

Josselyn describes the first phase of psychotherapy with two adolescent girls, both close to delinquency. The delinquent behavior was a conscious imitation of delinquent aspects of the parents' personalities. In both instances, the therapist was able to demonstrate to the patients that their behavior failed to establish object relationships with peers. As a result of this understanding the patients made a rapid, relatively sudden shift and developed a strong positive transference toward the therapist. This made possible the beginning of the second phase of therapy, the uncovering of the neurotic conflict. The easier management and probably better prognosis of these two girls lie perhaps in the fact that they are not true delinquents in the sense of impulse-ridden characters, but are neurotic individuals.

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Van Dam, H. (1960). American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. XXVIII, 1958. Psychoanal. Q., 29:143

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