The Role of Family Therapy in Child Psychiatry Training: Why and How

  • Lee Combrinck-Graham
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 3)


An unsophisticated observer might be very surprised to learn that the family is not the natural domain of child psychiatry. This same naif might wonder why leaders in the field of child psychiatry would gather to grapple with the problem of how to train future child psychiatrists in the area of family therapy, when the field of child psychiatry itself is well over fifty years old. But the apparent rift between psychiatry for children and family therapy pits theories and therapies against each other which, we would agree with our wondering observer, do seem to belong together. Our first task, here, is to examine this problem with a goal to understand how the differences have been maintained, and how they might be reconciled.


Anorexia Nervosa Family Therapy Child Psychiatry Family Context Child Psychiatrist 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lee Combrinck-Graham
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  1. 1.Philadelphia Child Guidance ClinicPhiladelphiaUSA

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