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Meers, D.R. (1973). Psychoanalytic Research and Intellectual Functioning of Ghetto-Reared, Black Children. Psychoanal. St. Child, 28:395-417.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 28:395-417

Psychoanalytic Research and Intellectual Functioning of Ghetto-Reared, Black Children

Dale R. Meers

PSYCHOANALYSIS HAS BEEN CRITICIZED AS A THERAPY FOR THE RICH and as a psychological system that is at best irrelevant to the profound sociocultural distress of our time. Rhetoric tends to obscure a measure of truth. Critics appear, however, rather ill informed as to why analysts have not introduced themselves as experts in matters of social change. Our knowledge of psychopathology, for example, remains far from complete and our understanding of that which is normal, and that which is not, is even less clear (A. Freud, 1965). As clinicians, moreover, psychoanalytic expertise is clearly limited to a small spectrum of psychopathology, and psychoanalytic experience even with the transference neuroses is conductive to considerable humility.

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