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Hindle, D. (2011). Assessing change in psychoanalytic psychotherapy of children and adolescents: today's challenge. J. Child Psychother., 37(3):367-370.

(2011). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 37(3):367-370

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Assessing change in psychoanalytic psychotherapy of children and adolescents: today's challenge

Review by:
Debbie Hindle

Assessing change in psychoanalytic psychotherapy of children and adolescents: today's challenge, edited by John Tsiantis and Judith Trowell, London, Karnac, for the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2010, 262 pp., £20.99, ISBN-13–978–1–85575–708–0

Following the publication of Child Psychotherapy and Research in 2009, edited by Midgley et al., this new publication by the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is a welcome contribution to a growing area. For anyone interested in, apprehensive about or undertaking research in child and adolescent psychotherapy, this is an excellent book. In the Series Editors' Preface, Lanyado and Houzel emphasise, ‘The absolute necessity of assessing the effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents … .’ (p. xiii). This is elaborated in the Foreword by Widlocher who underlines the ‘political necessity’ (in relation to the commissioning of services), the ‘ethical necessity’ (in relation to patients and their families) and the ‘scientific necessity’ (in relation to our own understanding as practitioners) (p. xv). What follows is a series of chapters from different perspectives and different centres, all of which contribute to helping us consider the place of research in our work and different ways of evaluating its efficacy.

In reviewing the book, however, I found myself not reading sequentially, but ‘dipping in’, selecting different chapters as they captured my imagination.

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