1st Edition

Outcome Research and the Future of Psychoanalysis Clinicians and Researchers in Dialogue

    284 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Outcome Research and the Future of Psychoanalysis explores the connection between outcome studies and important and complex questions of clinical practices, research methodologies, epistemology, and sociological considerations. Presenting the ideas and voices of leading experts in clinical and extra-clinical research in psychoanalysis, the book provides an overview of the state of the art of outcome research, its results and implications. Furthermore, its contributions discuss the basic premises and ideas of outcome research and in which way the contemporary Zeitgeist might shape the future of psychoanalysis.

    Divided into three parts, the book begins by discussing the scientific basis of psychoanalysis and advances in psychoanalytic thinking as well as the state of the art of psychoanalytic outcome research, critically analyzing so-called evidence-based therapies. Part II of the book contains exemplary research projects that are discussed from a clinical perspective, illustrating the dialogue between researchers and clinicians. Lastly, in Part III, several psychoanalysts review the importance of critical thinking and research in psychoanalytical education.

    Thought-provoking and expertly written and researched, this book is a useful resource for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of mental health, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis.


    Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber and Simon Arnold

    The scientific basis of psychoanalysis: Introductory remarks

    Mark Solms

    Part I: Outcome Research: State of the Art

    Five Advances in Psychoanalytic Thinking and their implications on outcome research

    Robert N. Emde

    Where Is the Evidence for "Evidence-Based" Therapy?

    Jonathan Shedler

    An Innovative, Scientific, Clinically-sensitive Approach to Psychoanalytic Process-Outcome Research

    Juan Pablo Jiménez

    From Case Study to Single Case Research: The Specimen Case Amalia X

    Horst Kächele

    The importance of research in Psychoanalysis for contemporary medicine

    Simone Hauck

    Part II: Research and Clinical Practice in Dialogue

    Evidence for psychodynamic psychotherapy in specific mental disorders: a systematic review

    Falk Leichsenring, Susanne Klein

    Clinical Discussion of Psychodynamic Therapy: A Meta-Analysis Testing Equivalence of Outcome

    Harriet Wolfe

    The LAC Depression Study: a comparative outcome study of psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioral long-term therapies

    M. Leuzinger-Bohleber, L. Kallenbach, U. Bahrke, J. Kaufhold, A. Negele, M. Ernst, W. Keller, G. Fiedler, M. Hautzinger, M. Beutel

    Discussion from a Clinical Perspective and an Illustrated Case Vignette

    Esther Dreifuss-Kattan

    Comparative Psychotherapy Research Focused on the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

    John F. Clarkin, Reed Maxwell, Julia F. Sowislo

    Memory Reconsolidation, Emotional Arousal and the Process of Change in Psychoanalysis

    Richard D. Lane

    Emotions in psychodynamic process and outcome research

    Manfred E. Beutel, Les Greenberg, Richard D. Lane

    Discussion from a Clinical Perspective

    Clara Schejtman

    Part III: Critical Thinking and Research in Psychoanalytic Education

    A Clinician’s View of Research, Critical Thinking, and Culture in Psychoanalytic Education

    Linda S. Goodman

    Teaching Empirical Research in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: How to Make Research Really Matter

    Joshua Pretsky

    The Role of Critical Thinking and Research in Psychoanalytic Education

    Morris N. Eagle


    Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber was Director in charge of the Sigmund-Freud-Institut (SFI) in Frankfurt a.M., Germany (2001–2016), now senior scientist at SFI and University Medicine Mainz, as well as staff member of the IDeA Center in Frankfurt a.M.

    Mark Solms is Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital and Chair of the Research Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

    Simon E. Arnold is a Research Assistant at the Sigmund-Freud-Institut in Frankfurt a.M., Germany.