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ERIC Number: EJ862071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0075-417X
Children's Expectations and Experiences of Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy
Carlberg, Gunnar; Thoren, Agneta; Billstrom, Susanna; Odhammar, Fredrik
Journal of Child Psychotherapy, v35 n2 p175-193 Aug 2009
The aim of this study was to explore children's expectations and experiences of psychodynamic child psychotherapy. Semi-structured interviews were conducted using self-rating instruments, drawing materials and a selection of toys. Ten children aged 6-10 years were interviewed prior to and after treatment (mean number of sessions = 99). The main results showed that most of the children, despite their young age, had the ability to give clinically valuable accounts, verbally or non-verbally, of their problems. A majority of the children expressed positive hopes and expectations about their forthcoming therapy as well as regarding the experience of therapy as positive or very positive after termination. Self-ratings of change showed a moderate degree of improvement in their problems. Pre-treatment attitudes were linked with post-treatment self-ratings of improvement. The importance of preparing the child and the family for therapy and of listening to the children's experiences is highlighted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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