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Kantrowitz, J.L. Katz, A.L. Greenman, D.A. Morris, H. Paolitto, F. Sashin, J. Solomon, L. (1989). The Patient-Analyst Match and the Outcome of Psychoanalysis: A Pilot Study. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 37:893-919.

(1989). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 37:893-919

The Patient-Analyst Match and the Outcome of Psychoanalysis: A Pilot Study

Judy L. Kantrowitz, Ph.D., Ann L. Katz, Deborah A. Greenman, M.D., Humphrey Morris, M.D., Frank Paolitto, M.D., Jerome Sashin, M.D. and Leonard Solomon, Ph.D.


This paper presents a pilot study in which we explore the possibility that the match between analyst and analysand is a factor of central importance in the analytic situation. It is an attempt to look at the issue of match across a large number of patients. The data we used were not collected for studying this topic; thus, the study has serious limitations. Nevertheless, certain patterns emerged which support our thesis that patient-analyst match plays a significant role in the outcome of psychoanalysis. We present this work as a first step in developing concepts and methods which will be pursued in a more systematic and rigorous fashion in a later study.

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