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Parents' and psychotherapists' goals prior to psychodynamic psychotherapy
The Erica Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden. (Pedagogik och Hälsa)
The Erica Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden. (Pedagogik och hälsa)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4351-6982
2015 (English)In: European Journal of Psychotherapy, ISSN 1364-2537, E-ISSN 1469-5901, Vol. 17, no 3, 277-295 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to explore goals of parents and psychotherapists prior to child psychotherapy, the following questions were asked: (1) How are goals for psychotherapy formulated? (2) How can similarities and differences between parents’ and psychotherapists’ goals be understood? Questionnaires regarding psychodynamic child psychotherapies (n = 33) with parallel parental work were analysed using qualitative methodology. The child psychotherapists’ goals were often connected to the intrapsychic and relational development of the child. The parental therapists formulated goals focused on providing support to parents. The parents’ goals, on the other hand, concerned to a great extent giving the child help and to a lesser degree receiving help for themselves. They expressed their expectations concerning the child’s psychological development with a more everyday use of language, often with an emphasis on general psychological wellbeing. The study also indicated that parents had limited knowledge about the therapy’s implementation and framework. Some clinical conclusions could be made. Negotiating goals prior to parental and child psychotherapy can help create realistic expectations and promote a beneficial therapy situation.

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2015. Vol. 17, no 3, 277-295 p.
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child psychotherapy, parental work, goals, negotiation, psychodynamic
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Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122678DOI: 10.1080/13642537.2015.1059865OAI: diva2:868060
Available from: 2015-11-09 Created: 2015-11-09 Last updated: 2015-11-10Bibliographically approved

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