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Watkins, C.E., Jr. (2012). The Study of Men in Short-Term and Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Brief Research Note. Psychoanal. Psychol., 29(4):429-439.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 29(4):429-439

The Study of Men in Short-Term and Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Brief Research Note

C. Edward Watkins, Jr., Ph.D.

Research and clinical observation suggest that men tend to avail themselves of therapeutic services far less so than women and engage in treatment research less so as well. How many men have actually been involved in short-term and long-term psychodynamic treatment research? To consider that question, I (a) obtained and examined 86 studies (1/1960-6/2008, drawn from six separate reviews/meta-analyses) of psychodynamic treatment conducted over the last decade and (b) reviewed each investigation to determine the number of male as opposed to female participants involved. Approximately one-third of the 86 studies were long-term in nature (involving a minimum of 50 sessions). The results were as follows: (a) of the 7,715 research participants, 2,688 were male; (b) 11% of the studies included no males, 9% failed to clearly specify the number of males that were involved, and 23% had a total of six males or less in either the entire sample or in the dynamic treatment group specifically; and (c) 40% of the male participants came from four data sets (five studies and one study correction), each of which focused on cocaine or opium addicts. Those data suggest that: (a) much like psychotherapy research in general, fewer men (40%) compared to women (60%) tend to participate in psychodynamic treatment research; (b) our most robust results about men appear to be about addicted men; and (c) otherwise, results about men collectively appear to be far from robust, and any interpretation seemingly should be guided by that reality.

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