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Long term outcomes of psychodynamic residential treatment for severely disturbed young adults: a naturalistic study at a Swedish therapeutic community
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2012 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 0803-9488, E-ISSN 1502-4725, Vol. 66, no 6, 367-375 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aims: This study examined the long-term effectiveness of a treatment model at a Swedish therapeutic community for young adults with severe personality disorders, combining milieu therapy and inpatient long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Methods: Data were collected for the 56 residents between 1994 and 2008 at intake, termination and 2-year follow-up. Patient residency ranged from 2 to 60 months, with average psychotherapy duration of 30 months. Self-rated outcome was measured using the Symptom Checklist-90-R. Expert-rated outcomes comprised the Global Assessment of Functioning, the Strauss-Carpenter Outcome Scale and the Integration/Sealing-over Scale. A series of mixed-model analyses of variance with one fixed factor (time) was performed to examine the outcomes for the total sample of completers. Effect sizes for within-group change and percentages of improved, unchanged and deteriorated patients were calculated for patients participating in the data collection on all three time points. Results: All outcome measures showed significant improvement on a group level from intake to discharge. Most patients had maintained the therapeutic gains at the 2-year follow-up. The effect sizes were high and the Reliable Change Index provided evidence of good outcome for 92% of the patients at follow-up. The expert ratings gave somewhat larger effect sizes than the patients' self-ratings. Conclusions: The effect sizes and success rates are at a comparable level with corresponding studies of long-term treatments of personality disorders. Most patients had a substantial individual improvement from intake to termination and follow-up. This indicates the effectiveness of this highly specialized and intensive treatment approach for severely disturbed young adult patients.

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2012. Vol. 66, no 6, 367-375 p.
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Inpatients, Long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, Outcome research, Personality disorders, Therapeutic community
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Psychology Psychiatry
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83046DOI: 10.3109/08039488.2012.654508ISI: 000310078400001OAI: diva2:573864


Available from: 2012-12-03 Created: 2012-12-03 Last updated: 2012-12-03Bibliographically approved

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