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Yochelson, Samuel, and Stanton E. Samenow: The Criminal Personality
Before formulating their approach to correctional treatment in The Criminal Personality in 1974, Samuel Yochelson and Stanton E. Samenow worked with correctional populations for a period of about 15 years. Unfamiliar with treating offenders, but armed with a curiosity about them and a desire to contribute something of value to society, Yochelson abandoned his private practice and focused his attention on treating offenders. After working with criminal patients for about 6 years, he noticed that the results of therapy with criminals were very different from the ones he observed with his non-criminal patients. He decided that criminal individuals were inherently different from non-criminals and sought to find the causes of these differences (Yochelson & Samenow, 1976). The opportunity to do such a thing was presented in Washington, D.C., at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, where Samenow, whom he had known for some years, joined him. St. Elizabeth's Hospital offered an excellent opportunity, ...