Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy: review of recent process and outcome studies

Lewis, Andrew J., Dennerstein, Michelle and Gibbs, Petah M. 2008, Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy: review of recent process and outcome studies, Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 445-455, doi: 10.1080/00048670802050520.

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Title Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy: review of recent process and outcome studies
Author(s) Lewis, Andrew J.ORCID iD for Lewis, Andrew J.
Dennerstein, Michelle
Gibbs, Petah M.
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry
Volume number 42
Issue number 6
Start page 445
End page 455
Total pages 11
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008
ISSN 0004-8674
Keyword(s) outcome assessment (health care)
psychodynamic therapy
short-term psychotherapy
Summary Short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy (STPP) is a widely practised form of psychological intervention. Given that the Roth and Fonagy (1996) review concluded that there was a lack of confirming evidence for STPP, the current review is focused on studies published between 1996 and 2006 that evaluate the efficacy of STPP. As a result of a systematic literature review, 18 studies were found that met inclusion criteria consistent with those used by Roth and Fonagy (1996) for selection of studies, patient groupings and definition of therapeutic method. In general these studies add to an increasing body of evidence suggesting that STPP can be an effective psychological treatment for individuals experiencing mental health problems. Specifically, for depression STPP can be equal in effects to other psychological treatments and is significantly better than no treatment in the short term. Furthermore, emerging process data indicate that there is a significant relationship between the use of specific psychodynamic therapeutic techniques and the alleviation of depressive symptoms. Increasing evidence has emerged to support STPP as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and some personality disorders. There remains limited evidence for the use of STPP treatment for patients with anxiety disorders that relate more to stress. Very limited and inconclusive evidence currently exists to support STPP as a treatment for bipolar disorder, eating disorders and drug dependency. Future research needs to include broader assessment measures, long-term follow up, studies that maintain an identifiable focus, and research that includes a focus on psychotherapy process variables as they interact with outcomes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00048670802050520
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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