ABSTRACT

In that first visit Mrs. Landis presented the problem in her boy, but what was more important, gained some under­ standing of what this new experience might be like for her. She learned that both she and Solomon would have regular weekly appointments, the boy with the psychiatrist and the mother with the social worker. There would be no medicine and probably no further physical examinations since these had been thoroughly and accurately done. In this new way of working the mother found she would be an active partici­ pant, not just the anxious mother who brought her son to be “cured” and who would wait in the reception room for him while that took place. She learned that the boy would have an opportunity to become acquainted with the doctor who would help him. He would have more to do than take medi­ cine and listen to reassurances from the doctor. The mother, a simple but sensitive person, decided she wanted to get started, even though fearful of what this new experience might do to both of them. In making this decision the mother took an important step in giving up her adherence to a belief that Solomon’s difficulties were caused by physical disorders.