The Psychotic Patient as ‘Co-Therapist’

  • Murray Cox


This paper describes sequential events in a small, slow-open, mixed weekly therapeutic group. Six psychopathic patients and two carefully selected chronic psychotics form the membership of this group, conducted in a maximum security hospital for treating mentally abnormal offenders.


Psychotic Patient Therapeutic Group Group Matrix Reciprocal Interdependence Grievous Bodily Harm 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Murray Cox
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  1. 1.Broadmoor HospitalEngland

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