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Strassman, H.D. Mann, J. Madow, L. Wood, E. (1976). The Impact of Psychiatric Residency on Choice of Analytic Training. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 24:347-355.

(1976). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 24:347-355

The Impact of Psychiatric Residency on Choice of Analytic Training

Harvey D. Strassman, M.D., James Mann, M.D., Leo Madow, M.D. and Edwin Wood, M.D.

IN THEIR INTENSIVE STUDY of psychoanalytic education in the United States in 1958, Lewin and Ross discussed the pathways to psychoanalytic education and concluded that those who became psychoanalytic candidates had resolved early in life that they would be psychiatrists or psychoanalysts and that the two were not separate(1960). About half their group took this direct pathway without looking at any other career. A few (two per cent) were stimulated by psychoanalysts contacted while in military service. They concluded that psychoanalysis was not very different from any other medical specialty.

Since that time the psychiatric/psychoanalytic climate has changed. Over the past decade, increasing numbers of young psychiatrists have expressed growing interest in group treatment programs, behavior modification, and a variety of approaches to complex problems in mental health and the community at large. Throughout this period, many psychiatrists have continued to feel the force of psychoanalysis as a depth psychology and have chosen to undertake psychoanalytic training.


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