Degradation, Accreditation, and Rites of Passage
Harvard University; William James College
May 1, 1979
Psychiatry, Vol. 42, No. 2, 1979
Across cultures, degradation and accreditation ceremonies mark significant movements in a person's social position and are significant features in the "status dynamics" that define a person's eligibility to engage in the social practices of a person's valued communities . The concepts of degradation and accreditation clarify important features of health, pathology, and the psychotherapeutic process, especially significant in the understanding and treatment of depression. "Negotiation" and "moral dialog" are offered as aspects of a psychotherapeutic stance that enhances eligibility and behavior potential.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: degradation, accreditation, rites of passage, psychotherapy, status dynamics, depression, moral dialog, negotiation
Date posted: February 23, 2014