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Schachter, J. Pfäfflin, F. Gorman, B. Kächele, H. (2014). A Questionnaire/Interview Comparison of Satisfaction with Training Analysis to Satisfaction with Analysis by a Nontraining Analyst: Implications for Training Analysis. Psychoanal. Psychol., 31(3):357-374.

(2014). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 31(3):357-374

A Questionnaire/Interview Comparison of Satisfaction with Training Analysis to Satisfaction with Analysis by a Nontraining Analyst: Implications for Training Analysis

Joseph Schachter, M.D., Friedemann Pfäfflin, M.D., Bernard Gorman, Ph.D. and Horst Kächele, M.D.

The training analysis concept assumes that training analysts (TAs) can more effectively treat analyst-patients than non-TAs can. This study tests this assumption empirically by comparing satisfaction with analytic treatment by a TA with that by a non-TA in the same analyst-patients. Extensive literature critical of training analysis led us to hypothesize that analysis of analyst-patients by TAs would actually be less satisfactory than personal analysis by a non-TA. The validity of the analyst's questionnaire ratings of satisfaction was supported by independent ratings

by 2 senior analysts of transcribed individual interviews of participants. It correlated significantly with participants' questionnaire ratings of satisfaction. Theoretically, treatment by TAs should be more satisfactory than treatment by non-TAs. This study, however, found no significant difference between satisfaction with analytic treatment by a TA compared with treatment by a non-TA. This same lack of difference in satisfaction had been reported in a previous unrelated clinical interview study. In addition, there was no difference between TAs and non-TAs in the proportion of analysts who reached a mutually agreed termination and no difference in treatment duration. Because no study has reported that treatment by a TA is more satisfactory than treatment by a non-TA, the burden of proof falls on those psychoanalytic organizations who utilize a TA conception to demonstrate that treatment by a TA is more satisfactory.

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