Child Psychiatry and Family Therapy

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Abstract

The polarization which has characterized the relationship between child psychiatry and family therapy no longer dominates the interrelationship between the two fields as it once did. Increasingly child psychiatrists are employing family therapy in their clinical work and discovering the valuable contribution the two fields can make to each other. This paper attempts to explore this fruitful interrelationship by reviewing the usefulness of family therapy in relation to diagnosis, treatment, and crisis intervention and by discussing the role of children and the value of dynamic and developmental concepts in understanding core clinical issues and therapeutic change in family therapy.

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