Medicine: Parent-&-Child Analysis

Psychoanalysis puts great store by strict privacy: there must be nobody but analyst and patient in the room, and anything unearthed in the patient's ruminations must be guarded as top secret. Last week psychoanalysts discussed a new approach in which a parent and child (usually a problem adolescent) get analytic treatment together, or even in a group that may include as many as four parents and four youngsters.

Manhattan's Dr. B. Bohdan Wassell described the method and results to the new and growing Association of Medical Group Psychoanalysts. At first, he said, his aim was to help children of parents who were...

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