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Volume 50 Issue 2 (June 1977), Pages 113-208

A study of social problems in a group of young women treated with brief psychotherapy (pages 155-161)

This paper reports on a series of young women with social problems treated with brief psychotherapy in a NHS setting and fulfilling definite selection criteria. It is suggested that we have paid more attention to the role of the mother in infancy and have tended to neglect the influence of the father. While we have studied emotional change in the growing child we have not perhaps made sufficient allowance for changes in parents. This study examines the role of the father in his daughter's adolescence. Awareness of this factor in the clinical setting might help to shorten the course of psychotherapy in appropriate cases. Sociologically it is relevant to our views on parenthood.

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