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EP95 State of the Art Address 01 - The Temperament Program - Stella Chess, MD

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State of the Art Address |  Children and Adolescent Therapy |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 1995
Stella Chess, MD
56 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 16, 1995
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The implications of our investigations into the nature and influence of temperament will be· elaborated by the concepts of temperament-environment interactions, goodness of fit and parent guidance as well as guidance of adolescents and adults in psychotherapy. These formulations will be applied to psychotherapeutic clinical practice with children, adolescents and adults. A 22 minute illustrative videotape will be shown.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To provide a brief history of the development of temperament theory since the 1950's.
  2. To define temperamental individuality and its role in child, adolescent and adult developmentnormal and abnormal.
  3. To introduce the concept of "Goodness of Fit" as a guiding concept for prevention and intervention of behavior disorders. 

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Stella Chess, MD, was a Full Professor in Child Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center. She received her M.D. in 1939 from the New York University College of Medicine. Dr. Chess was a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Life Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association. She has served on a number of editorial boards of prestigious journals; has received a number of research grants; and has been awarded distinguished honors from professional organizations and governmental agencies. Dr. Chess has authored, edited, or co-authored 16 professional books and 150 articles and chapters. She is renowned for her contributions to child psychiatry, especially in the study of temperament.