This important book is a thorough survey of every major study
of the efficacy of psychoanalytic treatment. The authors-all
well-known psychoanalysts-critically analyze the studies and their
findings, discuss the issues that have been and should be explored
in such studies, and examine the problems in conducting research
into psychoanalytic outcomes.
The authors begin by providing a definition of psychoanalysis,
establishing central psychoanalytic goals, and determining what
questions need to be addressed in assessing whether analysis is
effective. They then describe their methods and criteria for
evaluating modern research on psychoanalytic outcome and apply
these criteria to four major studies of adult psychoanalytic
patients, several studies of child and adolescent analysis, and
some small-group studies. They find that all the studies show that
psychoanalysis is an effective treatment for many patients-and that
some cherished assumptions about psychoanalysis are probably wrong.
In the final part of the book, the authors address the challenges
of collecting empirical data on psychoanalysis and explore the
possibilities inherent in the single-case study.
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