The Parloff-Rubinstein edited Research in Psychotherapy (1959) was an unusual critical and sales success. The successor, volume II, is a report in book form, of the proceedings of the Second Conference on Research in Psychotherapy held at the University of North Carolina in May, 1961. This volume, like the first, carries imposing credentials. Sponsored by the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association and financed by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, its 36 participants are a picture gallery of psychotherapy researchers drawn from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis (broadly defined), and sociology.
Deciding against a global surveillance of psychotherapy research, the conference wisely restricted itself to on-site inspection of three key areas. These were: (1) research problems relating to the psychotherapist's contribution to the treatment process; (2) research problems relating to measuring personality change in psychotherapy; (3) research problems relating