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Among other strategies, it encourages patients to become aware of their negative ªautomatic thoughtsº and to learn to dispute them. One of the more promising new cognitivebehavioral treatments to emerge is the one developed by Marsha Linehan for borderline personality disorder (Linehan, 1993). It is called ªdialectic behavior therapyº in that among other strategies it encourages patients to explore possible alternative explanations for certain distressing events they describe. This treatment has already been shown to be effective in reducing the number of self-destructive acts engaged in by patients with BPD.

Many of the items of these scales are parallel, and thus, cross informant syndromes can be characterized by combining the scores from all three types of informants. The development of a sizable database using these scales provided a new perspective on the classification of child psychopathology as well as its measurement (Achenbach & Edelbrock, 1978). This approach has become widely influential, especially in the research community concerned with child and adolescent psychopathology. 6 Infant Assessment Standardized procedures were soon developed for testing infants which superficially resembled those of intelligence tests for older children.

A classic work on this topic was psychiatrist Jerome Frank's (1973) book, Persuasion and healing. Frank examined not only different types of formal psychotherapy but also traditional religious or shamanistic approaches to healing (for an updated version of this book, see Frank & Frank, 1991). 11 Group Therapy According to historian Eugene Taylor, group therapy began with the work of Joseph Hersey Pratt in Boston in 1904, with the Class Treatment of patients with tuberculosis. The term ªgroup therapyº was used by psychiatrist J.

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