Empirical Studies of the Therapeutic Hour
In recent years, the empirical study of psychoanalytic treatment has undergone a fundamental change. No longer are researchers satisfied with studying the outcome of psychodynamic treatment techniques to see whether psychoanalysis yields measurable therapeutic effects. Researchers today are interested in understanding how psychoanalytic interventions work by examining the processes that underlie psychotherapeutic growth and change.
A variety of research methods are used to test the efficacy of psychoanalytic treatment, including session-by-session analyses, detailed examinations of therapist-patient exchanges within the analytic hour, and intensive studies of single (or multiple) treatment cases. Taken together, studies in this area confirm the value of psychological problems.