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Rosenbaum, B. (2015). Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Persons in States of Psychosis: Some Research Perspectives. Brit. J. Psychother., 31(4):476-491.

(2015). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 31(4):476-491

Research: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Psychosis

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Persons in States of Psychosis: Some Research Perspectives

Bent Rosenbaum

This paper describes some basic problems and assumptions in supportive psychodynamic psychotherapy with persons in states of psychosis. It starts out by addressing changes in the views of science - from the case study method to the evidence-based medicine paradigm - and continues with a discussion of the necessity for psychotherapy integration and conceptual clarification in delineating psychodynamic psychotherapy in the field of psychosis. Over a period of decades a small number of comparative studies have been conducted in which psychodynamic psychotherapy of patients with schizophrenia has been compared with treatment as usual. The latest of these, a Danish prospective multicentre study, is described. Some basic arguments for calling this study ‘psychodynamic’ and ‘supportive’ are outlined, and a few overall aims are described, including the desired abilities of the therapists in this particular field. Even though the use of randomized controlled trials, scientifically, is a difficult paradigm for psychodynamic psychotherapy, studies like the Danish one support the use of psychodynamic treatment in the National Health Service.

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