Psychoanalysis.  2010 Apr;21(1):3-7.

An Evaluation on the Effect of Psychoanalysis: Psychological Aspect

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  • 1Department of Neuropsychiatry, School of Medicine, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea. mcpaul@wonkwang.ac.kr

Abstract

Can psychoanalysis ever demonstrate its effectiveness, let alone cost-effectiveness? Although there are some empirical evidences showing the efficacy of psychoanalysis and dynamic psychotherapy, the nature of such treatments makes it hard to verify their benefits which are attained with ego growth and maturity, the results of interpretation and insights from a stable therapeutic relationship. Therefore, this report reviews the history and theories of measuring psychotherapy and psychoanalysis' effectiveness. As cost effectiveness and scientific approaches of psychoanalysis have been increasingly emphasized, therapists are required to develop and utilize more scientific tools to help objectively measure the efficacy of their therapeutic treatments.

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Effectiveness; Psychoanalysis; Psychotherapy
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