WE ARE GRATEFUL to many people who made this work possible. First, we express gratitude to Drs. Ira Levine and Gary Tischler, whose clinical and administrative support for this research was indispensable in implementing the research project on the inpatient wards of the Yale Psychiatric Institute (YPI) in New Haven, Connecticut. In the same vein, we feel fortunate to have been able to work and study in the intellectually and clinically challenging atmosphere that Drs. Ira Levine, Charles Gardner, and Gary Tischler created for their faculty. Their leadership at YPI spawned an extraordinary combination of scholarly pursuit in an atmosphere of rich clinical practice, which fostered the kind of research and clinical thinking reflected in this book.
A special debt is owed to Drs. Ted Lidz and Stephen Fleck for their pioneering research on family dynamics of severely disturbed YPI patients, which set the tone for the scholarly work in the area of family factors in severe psychopathology for a whole generation.
Special appreciation is due to Drs. Daniel Becker and Rebecca Johnston, who worked on the project tirelessly and provided us with helpful insights along the way. We especially want to acknowledge Dr. Rebecca Johnston, who brought her remarkable clinical acumen to designing and carrying out the followup interviews. We are also grateful to Leonard Hill for his conceptual contributions to the project. The YPI clinical staff provided us with many hours of their time during the data collection phases of the project.