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ERIC Number: ED099701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Psychiatry and the Air Force: An Uneasy Alliance.
Cowing, Donald E.
This document discusses the role of the psychiatrist in the military service. An historical overview of psychiatric utilization in the military is presented and criticized. A psychiatrist may be required to function in any or all of a number of roles--therapist, investigator, administrative officer, evaluator, consultant, and teacher. The differences in the requirements between a military and civilian psychiatric practice are so great as to mitigate for a different conceptual framework, possibly with a different professional designation. The author suggests that the recognition and understanding of the following factors are critical to a successful and satisfying professional experience by a psychiatrist in the military: (1) allegiance is to the military rather than to the patient; (2) there is a lack of confidentiality in the military; (3) there may be distortion of transference caused by the psychiatrist being an officer in uniform; (4) a primary objective of intervention is to return the patient to duty; (5) the Psychiatric Military Officer may exert significant control over the career and life of his patients. The psychiatrist and his Air Force clientele will best be served if they understand and accept the above limitations. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association (51st, San Francisco, California, April 1974)