Discussion: Rationale for the Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia

  • Eugene B. Brody


The authors of these four papers are clearly sensitive to close encounters with schizophrenic patients, and, despite the announced theme of the session, this may be one reason why none of them focused exclusively on the rationale for psychotherapy with schizophrenics. I think that most of us who have been in the field believe that the personally involving nature of the therapeutic experience really precludes any need to justify it. The possibility of intensive interaction constitutes its own rationale, because it contains an element of hope; with the prevalence and the devastating character of the disorder, no further justification is required.


Schizophrenic Patient Psychosocial Treatment Revolving Door Intensive Interaction Psychotherapeutic Approach 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene B. Brody
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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