Changes in self and object representations following psychotherapy measured by a theory-free, computational, semantic space method
2011 (English)In: Psychotherapy Research, ISSN 1050-3307, E-ISSN 1468-4381, Vol. 21, no 4, 430-446 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We propose a theory-neutral, computational and data-driven method for assessing changes in semantic content of object representations following long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Young adults in psychotherapy are compared with an age-matched, non-clinical sample at three time points. Verbatim transcripts of descriptions of the self and parents were quantified in a semantic space constructed by Latent Semantic Analysis. In the psychotherapy group, all representations changed from baseline to follow-up, whereas no comparable changes could be observed in the comparison group. The semantic space method supports the hypothesis that long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy contributes to sustained change of affective-cognitive schemas of self and others.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 21, no 4, 430-446 p.
technology in psychotherapy research and training, statistical methodology, process research, outcome
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70459DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2011.577824ISI: 000299430100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-70459DiVA: diva2:481353
This study was a part of the prospective, longitudinal Young Adult Psychotherapy Project conducted at the former Institute of Psychotherapy, Stockholm County Council, and the Psychotherapy Section, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. The project was supported by grants from the Bank of Sweden, the Tercentenary Foundation and the Stockholm County Council. The project has been approved by the Regional Research Ethics Committee at the Karolinska Institutet and all participants have given their informed consent.2012-01-202012-01-202012-02-28Bibliographically approved