What Defense Mechanisms Do Therapists Interpret In-Session?

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_9A981C68D363
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
What Defense Mechanisms Do Therapists Interpret In-Session?
Périodique
Psychodynamic psychiatry
Auteur(s)
Bhatia M., Petraglia J., de Roten Y., Banon E., Despland J.N., Drapeau M.
ISSN
2162-2604 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
2162-2590
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2016
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
44
Numéro
4
Pages
567-585
Langue
anglais
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Résumé
One of the key technical guidelines outlined by psychodynamic theorists and clinicians is for therapists to interpret a patient's most prominent defenses (Greenson, 1967; Langs, 1973). However, a debate exists about what constitutes a patient's most prominent defense and which defenses therapists actually choose to interpret in-session. This study aimed to shed light on this debate by examining 35 psychotherapy sessions (18 high alliance and 17 low alliance dyads) of individuals in therapy at a university counselling center. The analysis focused on comparing the patients' most prominent defenses and the range of defenses they utilized, and the therapists' most prominent interpretation level as well as the range of interpretation level. Paired sample t-tests showed no significant mean difference between sessions with low and high alliance scores in patient defense levels (e.g., frequency and range) and therapist interpretation levels (e.g., frequency and range). Significant differences were found between the range of patient defense levels and the range of therapist interpretation levels. Correlational analyses showed no significant relationship between patient defense levels and therapist interpretation levels on both the frequency and range levels. Clinical implications of these results, and directions for future research are discussed.

Mots-clé
Adolescent, Adult, Defense Mechanisms, Female, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders/psychology, Mental Disorders/therapy, Professional-Patient Relations, Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic/methods, Young Adult
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06/12/2016 11:14
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