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Clinical Case Studies in Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Treatment

Willemsen, Jochem and Della Rosa, Elena and Kegerreis, Sue (2017) 'Clinical Case Studies in Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Treatment.' Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (FEB). 108-. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

This manuscript provides a review of the clinical case study within the field of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic treatment. The method has been contested for methodological reasons and because it would contribute to theoretical pluralism in the field. We summarize how the case study method is being applied in different schools of psychoanalysis, and we clarify the unique strengths of this method and areas for improvement. Finally, based on the literature and on our own experience with case study research, we come to formulate nine guidelines for future case study authors: (1) basic information to include, (2) clarification of the motivation to select a particular patient, (3) information about informed consent and disguise, (4) patient background and context of referral or self-referral, (5) patient's narrative, therapist's observations and interpretations, (6) interpretative heuristics, (7) reflexivity and counter-transference, (8) leaving room for interpretation, and (9) answering the research question, and comparison with other cases.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical case study; methodology; psychotherapy research; psychoanalysis; psychoanalytic schools; theoretical pluralism; review
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0500 Psychoanalysis
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 16:15
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 18:49
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19123

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