Family Therapy and Child Psychiatry Training: Making Peace in the Undeclared War

  • Frederick M. Ehrlich
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 3)


If one wants to know and understand a child, one needs to know and understand his family. This was obvious to Eric Erikson in 1950 when he described his custom of having dinner with the family of any child he considered treating—a custom so simple and sensible that it causes some embarrassment to acknowledge that it has been largely ignored. Not only is it unusual to have dinner with our patients’ families, but it has been considered irrelevant and even harmful to meet with them at all.


Family Therapy Child Psychiatry Family Treatment Family Work Psychoanalytic Theory 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick M. Ehrlich
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  1. 1.Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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