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Psychoanalytic Contributions to the Understanding and Treatment of Behavior Problems

William Healy
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 45, No. 3 (Nov., 1939), pp. 418-425
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2769855
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Abstract

Without denying the tremendous influence of psychoanalysis upon the study of human behavior, yet a tendency toward overvaluation of psychoanalytic concepts as providing solutions for many individual and social ills has to be recognized. Freud is not to be blamed for this-he has clearly recognized physical and social determinants and that what has been built upon the foundations of psychoanalysis is not a closed system. Behavior problems are mainly such because of their social significance. Although many illustrations are possible of the deeper causations of misconduct, yet these factors have often been overplayed. There is no reason why the strengths of psychoanalysis cannot be retained while a broad scientific orientation concerning behavior problems is maintained. Psychoanalysis and sociology should represent collaborative efforts.

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