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

ISBN 9781032174662
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
284 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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.