Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To review The Language of Psycho-Analysis…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Prior to searching a specific psychoanalytic concept, you may first want to review The Language of Psycho-Analysis written by Laplanche & Pontalis. You can access it directly by clicking here.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Leichsenring, F. Klein, S. Salzer, S. (2014). The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Specific Mental Disorders: A 2013 Update of Empirical Evidence. Contemp. Psychoanal., 50(1-2):89-130.
  

(2014). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 50(1-2):89-130

The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Specific Mental Disorders: A 2013 Update of Empirical Evidence

Falk Leichsenring, D.Sc., Susanne Klein, M.Sc. and Simone Salzer, D.Sc.

This article reviews the empirical evidence for psychodynamic therapy for specific mental disorders in adults. The focus is on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). However, this does not imply that RCTs are uncritically accepted as the gold standard for demonstrating that a treatment works. According to the results presented here, there is evidence from RCTs that psychodynamic therapy is efficacious in common mental disorders, that is, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, somatic symptom disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, complicated grief, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance-related disorder. These results clearly contradict assertions repeatedly made by representatives of other psychotherapeutic approaches claiming psychodynamic psychotherapy is not empirically supported. However, further research is needed, both on outcome and processes of psychodynamic psychotherapy. There is a need, for example, for RCTs of psychodynamic psychotherapy of PTSD. Furthermore, research on long-term psychotherapy for specific mental disorders is required.

[This is a summary excerpt from the full text of the journal article. The full text of the document is available to journal subscribers on the publisher's website here.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.