The Double-Bind Theory Some Current Implications for Child Psychiatry

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The behavioral-interactional view of problems in the original statement of the double-bind theory is outlined, and the broad significance of this viewpoint for treatment is discussed. Recent emphasis on the cybernetic causal model is noted, and its implications for family therapy in general and for child-centered problems in particular are reviewed. A case example of brief treatment of hyperactivity based on this approach is described.

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