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Scharfman, M.A. (1984). Adolescent Psychiatry: Developmental and Clinical Studies, Vol. 7: Edited by Sherman C. Feinstein and Peter L. Giovacchini. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979, 571 pp., $25.00.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 32:688-693.

(1984). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 32:688-693

Adolescent Psychiatry: Developmental and Clinical Studies, Vol. 7: Edited by Sherman C. Feinstein and Peter L. Giovacchini. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979, 571 pp., $25.00.

Review by:
Melvin A. Scharfman, M.D.

This volume, like its predecessors in this series, is an anthology covering many diverse aspects of adolescent psychiatry. It was published in conjunction with the International Year of the Child, and, in the editors' introduction, is described as attempting to emphasize the subtle interrelations between current world political ties and the developmental and clinical studies with which the practicing psychiatrist is concerned. The editors state their impression that more and more clinical presentations are concerned with severe psychopathology as this volume suggests. They express their hope that insights derived from such psychopathology as well as increasing knowledge about adolescent processes will broaden our knowledge of psychopathological social structures and help to explain the reaction of masses to charismatic and, in some instances, dangerous and destructive leaders, although this volume does not specifically elaborate it.

The volume itself is divided into five sections, contains 38 separate contributions. Of these, two are special sections—one dealing with the effects of social and cultural change, and another dealing with legal and psychiatric perspectives on delinquency and acting out. These sections, and one on psychopharmacology, contain several interesting papers, but are, in general, more geared to psychiatrists than psychoanalysts. The broad scope of this volume, encompassing contributions from different theoretical perspectives and a wide-range of treatment approaches, is part of its appeal to a variety of mental health workers dealing with adolescents.

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