American Journal of Psychotherapy

The American Journal of Psychotherapy is a professional journal covering issues in psychotherapy, including book reviews and software reviews. Founded in 1939, the Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy publishes the American Journal of Psychotherapy four times a year. Dr. Byram T. Karasu is Editor-in-Chief.

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, Winter

An Outpatient Treatment Program for Young Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder
During the past three years I have had the opportunity to assess and treat about 14 children under the age of 3-1/2 years who suffered from pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). This is a relatively large number of cases seen by a child psychiatrist...
Book Reviews -- Families and Forgiveness: Healing Wounds in the Intergenerational Family by Terry D. Hargrave
TERRY D. HARGRAVE: Families and Forgiveness: Healing Wounds in the Intergenerational Family. Brunner/Mazel, New York, 1994, 252 pp., $28.95.In Families and Forgiveness, a framework is provided for how forgiveness can occur for victims of family-based...
Book Reviews -- Family Myths: Living Our Roles, Betraying Ourselves by Joyce Block
JOYCE BLOCK, PH.D.: Family Myths: Living Our Roles, Betraying Ourselves. Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 1994, 288 pp., $22.50.Although many factors affect identity development in children, the relationship between the developing child and his or...
Book Reviews -- Psychological Aspects of Modernity Edited by Jerome Braun
JEROME BRAUN, ED.: Psychological Aspects of Modernity. Praeger, Westport, CT, 1993, 288 pp., $59.95.The volume contains 16 articles, 7 of them written by the editor, the remaining by as many other authors. These contributors appear to straddle the fields...
Book Reviews -- Suggestions of Abuse-True and False Memories of Childhood Sexual Trauma by Michael D. Yapko
MICHAEL D. YAPKO, PH.D. Suggestions of Abuse--True and False Memories of Childhood Sexual Trauma. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1994, 271 pp., $22.00.The subject of childhood sexual trauma is both painful and confusing. It would be hard to find a more...
Book Reviews -- the Protean Self: Human Resilience in an Age of Fragmentation by Robert Jay Lifton
ROBERT JAY LIFTON: The Protean Self: Human Resilience in an Age of Fragmentation. Basic Books, New York, NY, 199, 232 pp., $25.00.For more than several decades, Robert Jay Lifton has written about the historical journey of the human self. Starting with...
Book Reviews -- the Uprooted-A Hitler Legacy by Dorit Bader Whiteman
DORIT BADER WHITEMAN: The Uprooted--A Hitler Legacy, Plenum Press, New York, 1993, 446 pp. $28.95.The Uprooted--A Hitler Legacy is a remarkable synthesis compiled from historical, psychological, and autobiographical perspectives. The author, participant-observer...
Book Reviews -- Treatment of the Neurosis in the Young: A Psychoanalytic Perspective Edited by M. Hossein Etezady
M. HOSSEIN ETEZADY, ED.: Treatment of the Neurosis in the Young: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. Jason Aronson, Inc. North Vale, N.J., 1993, 320 pp, $50.00.This edited book consists of 10 chapters of varying complexity and quality. Chapters 1, 2, and 4...
Countertransference-Derived Elaboration of Religious Conflicts and Representational States
This paper illustrates the manner in which patients for whom religious dynamics and their underlying object representations are an important treatment focus communicate significant dimensions of their conflicts by fostering unique kinds of countertransference...
Psychiatrists' and Non-Physician Psychotherapists' Beliefs about Gender-Appropriate Behavior: A Comparison
INTRODUCTIONAs Freud observed,(1) traditional assumptions about the psychological differences between men and women must be questioned. Given the unique role of psychotherapists in setting standards for mental health, it is especially important to characterize...
Psychoanalysis and the Science of Evolution
This paper has two main goals: first, to critically evaluate a new body of literature complising mainly the writings of evolutionary psychoanalytic psychologists (the evolutionary group); and second, to propose several core concepts that can ground this...
Psychotherapeutic Aspects of the Martial Arts
The legitimacy of the Martial Arts as not merely a set of fighting sills but as therapy is being postulated, based on evidence from the literature, and analysis of the structure of Martial Arts teaching. Moreover, illustrated by a clinical case report,...
Therapeutic Models of Psychopathology-Part I: Introduction, Overview of the Model, and Personality Organization
INTRODUCTIONRecently, there has been an increased emphasis on structuring psychotherapy training in psychiatric residency programs.(1,2) Our particular approach has been to teach the common basic principles for all types of psychotherapy. As part of...
Therapeutic Models of Psychopathology-Part II: The Influence of Activators, Biological Factors, and the Childhood Environment on the Psychological Organization
In Part I of this paper I outlined an integrated model of psychopathology to be used as a basis for a more specific model of functioning in a particular patient. The key components of the model such as psychological organization, activators, biological...
Therapist's Experience, Training, and Skill in Brief Therapy: A Bicoastal Survey
Results from a random survey of psychologists (N = 850, 58% response rate), indicate therapists spend 40% of their clinical time doing brief therapy; however, one-third of the respondents reported they had little or no brief-therapy training. Therapists'...
Using Maternal Representational Patterns to Evaluate Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is a relatively common condition affecting new mothers. Three categories of perinatal emotional dysphoria have been identified[1]: (1) puerperal psychosis, a disabling condition involving delusions and hallucinations that affects...
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