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Job Corps Patients: The Impact of Psychiatric Care
ALAN L. MORGENSTERN; GERALD LANGAN; DENNIS O. MAYER
Am J Psychiatry 1971;127:1024-1031.
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Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oregon Medical School, Portland, Ore. 97201

Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Senior medical student, University of Oregon Medical School, Portland, Ore. 97201

1971, American Psychiatric Association

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In four years' with 168 adolescent male Job Corps patients, the authors found that a warm, supportive therapeutic relationship contributed to treatment success. Sixty percent of the patients were self-referred; these were generally treatment successes. Patients who were retarded, homosexual, or had antisocial personalities had low success rates; the remaining patients were helped substantially. The authors feel that the crucial component of successful treatment lies in the synergism of psychiatric care and the growth-enhancing qualities of the Job Corps environment.

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