Therapists' view of therapeutic action in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with young adults
2010 (English)In: Psychotherapy, ISSN 0033-3204, E-ISSN 1939-1536, Vol. 47, no 4, 570-585 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Studying experienced therapists' implicit theorizing may contribute to our understanding of what is helpful and what hinders treatment with particular patient populations. In this study, 16 therapists' views of curative factors, hindering factors, and outcome were explored in 22 interviews conducted at termination of individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy with young adults. Grounded theory methodology was used to construct a tentative model of therapeutic action based on the therapists' implicit knowledge. The results indicated that developing a close, safe and trusting relationship was viewed as the core curative factor in interaction with the patient making positive experiences outside the therapy setting and the therapist challenging and developing the patient's thinking about the self. The therapeutic process was experienced as a joint activity resulting in the patient becoming a subject and acquiring an increasing capacity to think and process problems. The patient's fear about close relationships was seen as hindering treatment and leading to core problems remaining. The model is discussed in relation to major theories of therapeutic action in the psychoanalytic discourse and previous research focusing on young adults' view of curative and hindering factors in psychotherapy. Implications for practice and further research are suggested.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Psychological Association (APA), 2010. Vol. 47, no 4, 570-585 p.
psychoanalytic psychotherapy, therapeutic action, young adults, curative and hindering factors, grounded theory
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106287DOI: 10.1037/a0021179OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-106287DiVA: diva2:735777