NUMBER 1207 • 8 AUGUST • THEORETICAL MODEL
In no sense do we intend The Other 23 Hours to present a definitive theoretical model to be followed studiously in every detail by other child-caring facilities. It is our firm belief that the institutional model that ultimately will survive is the one that remains eclectic and able to incorporate new theoretical formulations as they are developed. The theoretical underpinnings of this book derive essentially from three different areas: psychoanalytic ego psychology, the “life space” model of Redl, and some of the new sociobehavioral theories. If The Other 23 Hours is able to make a substantive and practical contribution to the statement that “the child-care worker is the most important figure to the child in the institution,” then our major purpose will have been well served.
The authors of this book have all had direct experience as child-care workers in a therapeutic milieu. Our debt to the children we have worked with is most profound. The energy and anguish they bring to the tasks of being away from home and reordering their lives is impressive. It has been and continues to be a part of our education that is difficult to acknowledge adequately.
AL TRIESCHMAN, JAMES WHITTAKER and LARRY BRENDTRO
Trieschman, A.E., Whittaker, J.K. and Brendtro, L.K. (1969). The Other 23 Hours: Child care work with emotionally disturbed children in a therapeutic milieu. New Yor;: Aldine de Gruyter. p.xiii