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Dahl, H. (1962). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXV, 1961: The Treatment of Criminals in Institutions. A. M. Roosenburg. Pp. 186-195.. Psychoanal Q., 31:295.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXV, 1961: The Treatment of Criminals in Institutions. A. M. Roosenburg. Pp. 186-195.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:295

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXV, 1961: The Treatment of Criminals in Institutions. A. M. Roosenburg. Pp. 186-195.

Hartvig Dahl

The author reports on the treatment offered chronic criminals at the Van der Hoeven Clinic in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Although he does not describe the setting in sufficient detail, it is apparently an in-patient clinic from which the patients may leave during the day to work, visit, etc. They are also permitted a good deal of self-government. Although the technique appears to be largely that of counseling with the patients, the families, and employers, the over-all attitude approaches an analytic one. An attempt is made to help the prisoner see the deeper motives for his criminal behavior and, in a wide variety of ways, to throw the responsibility for change on the patient. Sometimes the patients 'simply run away and give themselves up to the police or to the prison because they cannot bear the responsibilities. The patients themselves definitely agree that it is far easier to be imprisoned than to stay at the clinic.'

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Article Citation

Dahl, H. (1962). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXV, 1961. Psychoanal. Q., 31:295

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