Volume 7 in the EFPP Series that aims to promote the pan-European community of psychoanalytic psychotherapists. The contributors come from different cultures but are united in their view of the importance of empirical research in psychotherapy. The chapters examine issues as varied as treatment of eating disorders, the differences between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, treatment outcomes of group psychotherapy, and treatment of borderline personality disorders.'In the present-day culture of evidence-based practice as a guiding principle for the delivery of public and private-sector health services, the critical importance of collating empirical research findings relating to psychoanalytic psychotherapy cannot be overstated. Evidence-based clinical guidelines are increasingly finding their way into the mental health arena and, as of yet, the place of psychoanalytic psychotherapy within such guidelines is far from extensive. The present monograph brings together a number of research reports and overviews, all of which have used conventional empirical research methodologies and illustrate, we believe, the potential of such methods to explore questions of real significance to psychoanalytic psychotherapists throughout Europe.
Preface -- Foreword -- The German multi-centre eating disorder study on the influence of psychodynamic psychotherapy on personality -- Differential treatment outcome of inpatient psychodynamic group work -- Investigating structural change in the process and outcome of psychoanalytic treatment: The Heidelberg–Berlin Study -- Contribution to the measurement of mode-specific effects in long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy -- Close family or mere neighbours? Some empirical data on the differences between psychoanalysis and psychotherapy -- Psychoanalytically orientated day-hospital treatment for borderline personality disorder: theory, problems, and practice -- Henderson Hospital democratic therapeutic community: outcome studies and methodological issues