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(1973). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXXVI, 1972: Freud's Influence on Social Case Work. Shirley C. Hellenbrand. Pp. 407-418.. Psychoanal Q., 42:477-478.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXXVI, 1972: Freud's Influence on Social Case Work. Shirley C. Hellenbrand. Pp. 407-418.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 42:477-478

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXXVI, 1972: Freud's Influence on Social Case Work. Shirley C. Hellenbrand. Pp. 407-418.

The author reviews the history of social work beginning in 1890, particularly the casework aspects, and examines its changing ties from sociology to psychoanalysis since 1930. The focus on individual conflict began to be seen as the precursor of change in life adaptation. Casework particularly incorporated the discovery of the unconscious, the multidetermination of behavioral patterns from the dynamic past, an emphasis on both childhood and adult sexuality, and a treatment model from psychoanalysis. Yet the focus on libido theory in analytic technique led to many distortions in the practice of casework;

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its misapplication permitted overpermissiveness and efforts at therapeutic neutrality in the casework situation. The advent of ego psychology in the 1940's corrected some of these distortions. Today, however, casework finds itself under attack for being too freudian, for disengaging itself from the poor, and for limiting the possible range of social work in the area of prevention. Casework, like psychoanalysis, is facing the periodic resistances of society.

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Article Citation

(1973). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXXVI, 1972. Psychoanal. Q., 42:477-478

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