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Midgley, N. Kennedy, E. (2011). Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents: a critical review of the evidence base. J. Child Psychother., 37(3):232-260.

(2011). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 37(3):232-260


Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents: a critical review of the evidence base

Nick Midgley and Eilis Kennedy

For many years psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapies have been considered to lack a credible evidence-base and have consistently failed to appear in lists of ‘empirically supported treatments’. This study systematically reviews the research evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and young people. The researchers identified 34 separate studies that met criteria for inclusion, including nine randomised controlled trials. While many of the studies reported are limited by sample size and lack of control groups, the review indicates that there is increasing evidence to suggest the effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and adolescents. The article aims to provide as complete a picture as possible of the existing evidence base, thereby enabling more refined questions to be asked regarding the nature of the current evidence and gaps requiring further exploration.

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