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Changes in self-representations among young adults in psychoanalytic psychotherapy: A longitudinal qualitative study of self-descriptions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)In: Book of abstracts. Society for Psychotherapy Research, 44th International Annual Meeting, Brisbane, Australia, July 10-13, 2013, 2013, 8-8 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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Aim: Changes in representations of self and others are often a goal in psychotherapy. The aim of the present study was (1) to identify typical self-representations among young women and men prior to psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and (2) to study longitudinal changes in these representations. Method: Twenty-five women and 16 men from the Young Adult Psychotherapy Project (YAPP) were interviewed according to Sidney Blatt's unstructured Object Relations Inventory (ORI) prior to psychoanalytic psychotherapy, at termination and at the 1.5-year follow-up. Typologies of the 123 self-descriptions were constructed by means of ideal-type analysis for male and female patients separately. Results: The analysis resulted in 6 ideal types of self-representations among women and 5 ideal types of self-representations among men. The clusters of self-representations could be depicted on a two-dimensional space with the axis Relatedness (anaclitic personality style) -- Self-definition (introjective personality style) and the axis Integration -- Non-integration. In most cases, the self-descriptions changed over time in terms of belonging to different ideal-type clusters. There were important improvements in the quality of the self-descriptions and the changes continued after termination of psychotherapy. There was a movement towards more integrated self-descriptions, but above all towards a better balance between relatedness and self-definition. Discussion: The possible explanations of these findings are discussed.

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2013. 8-8 p.
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change process, psychodynamic psychotherapy, qualitative methods
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99512OAI: diva2:687161
Society for Psychotherapy Research, 44th International Annual Meeting, Brisbane, Australia, July 10-13, 2013
Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2014-01-13

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