ERIC Number: ED034267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Role of "Fathering" in Group Psychotherapy with Adolescent Delinquent Males.
Rachman, Arnold William
The psychological role of the father in the life of an adolescent is crucial. Delinquent adolescent males have severe problems in the oedipal area. Most have had negative father-son relationships. The study group was composed of 25 boys who were on parole. Outpatient psychiatric treatment was a condition of their parole. Of the 25, 23 had fathers who fell into a negative father role. The group therapy approach used in this study was similar to the Relationship-Experential Focus outlined by Scheidlinger. The group therapist needs to establish a therapeutic relationship where the positive attitudes of a father transference predominate. The three different phases of the group's existence are: (1) engaging their (individual) interest, (2) encountering a caring adult, and (3) leaving the group with the image of a positive experience with an adult. Potential group members are seen individually until they have begun to relate to the therapist. Then they are placed in the group. The most meaningful changes seen so far in this type of therapy are: (1) changes in the adolescent's perception and relationships toward adults, especially adult authority figures, (2) changes in behavior toward adults outside the group, and (3) a decrease in undetected delinquent activity. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Group Psychotherapy Association, New York, NY.
Note: Presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Association convention, New York, New York, February 5-8, 1968