Empirical Studies of the Therapeutic Hour

Pages: 321
Item #: 431607A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-526-2
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Copyright: 1998
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Overview

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.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Introduction: Empirical Investigations of Events Within the Psychoanalytic Hour
—Robert F. Bornstein and Joseph M. Masling

  1. Negative Process: Its Impact on Research, Training, and Practice
    —Hans H. Strupp
  2. Interaction Structure and Change in Psychoanalytic Therapy
    —Enrico E. Jones and Pauline B. Price
  3. Representational Structures and the Therapeutic Process
    —Sidney J. Blatt, John S. Auerbach, and Mosen Aryan
  4. Empirical Basis of Supportive–Expressive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
    —Paul Crits-Christoph and Mary Beth Connolly
  5. Pronoun Co-Occurrence as a Measure of Shared Understanding
    —Donald P. Spence
  6. The Voyage of El Rubaiyat to the Discovery of FRAMES
    —Hartvig Dahl
  7. Therapist Interventions and Patient Progress in Brief Psychodynamic Therapy: Single-Case Design
    —Stanley B. Messer and Stephen J. Holland
  8. Research on Unconscious Mental Functioning in Relationship to the Therapeutic Process
    —Suzanne M. Gassner and Marshall Bush

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Robert F. Bornstein is Professor of Psychology at Gettysburg College. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986. Bornstein has written many articles on perception without awareness and has published extensively on the antecedents, correlates, and consequences of dependent personality traits. He coedited (with Thane Pittman) Perception Without Awareness: Cognitive, Clinical and Social Perspectives (1992); coedited (with Joseph M. Masling) Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Psychopathology (1993), Empirical Perspectives on Object Relations Theory (1994), Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Developmental Psychology (1996), and Empirical Perspectives on the Psychoanalytic Unconscious (1998); and is the author of The Dependent Personality (1993), a comprehensive review of the empirical literature on dependency.

Joseph M. Masling is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Ohio State University in 1952; he was director of clinical training at Syracuse University (1959–1964) and chairperson of the Department of Psychology at SUNY–Buffalo (1969–1972). Masling has written numerous articles on interpersonal and situational variables influencing projective tests and has published widely on the empirical study of psychoanalytic concepts. He edited the first three volumes of the series Empirical Studies of Psychoanalytic Theories (1983,1986,1990) and coedited (with Robert F. Bornstein) Volume 4, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Psychopathology (1993); Volume 5, Empirical Perspectives on Object Relations Theory (1994); Volume 6, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Developmental Psychology (1996); and Volume 7, Empirical Perspectives on the Psychoanalytic Unconscious (1998).

Reviews & Awards
The editors have contributed importantly, particularly in their intelligent, frank, and elegant overview of the current state of the field of psychoanalysis in its increasingly unpropitious research environment. Their sophisticated and balanced treatment of the continuing conceptual debates in the field, including those among investigators regarding the justification for continued reliance on the individual case model, is itself well worth the price of the entire volume…The robust research labors of these investigators have brought forth a veritable mountain of data, conclusions, and imaginative speculations.
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol. 187, No. 11 (Nov. 1999)