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ERIC Number: EJ914067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
Methods and Mechanisms in the Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
McKay, Dean
American Psychologist, v66 n2 p147-148 Feb-Mar 2011
Comments on the original article, "The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy," by J. Shedler. Shedler summarized a large body of research that shows psychodynamic therapy to have a substantial effect size, comparable to that for many empirically supported treatments. This is an important finding, in part refuting the concerns raised by Bornstein (2001, 2002) regarding the future of psychodynamic approaches had there been no substantial changes in how practitioners and researchers approached the science to demonstrate efficacy. Further, Shedler showed that the efficacy of psychoanalytic psychotherapy is due to therapeutic methods commonly employed in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), one of the most frequently cited empirically supported approaches for a wide range of psychological conditions. From a methodological perspective, there are some important limitations to the claim of psychodynamic psychotherapy's comparable efficacy to other empirically supported approaches.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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