Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents: A critical review of the evidence base

Kennedy, Eilis and Midgley, Nick (2011) Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents: A critical review of the evidence base. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 37 (3). pp. 232-260. ISSN 0075-417X

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For many years psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapies have been considered to lack a credible evidence-base and have consistently failed to appear in lists of ‘empirically supported treatments’. This study systematically reviews the research evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and young people. The researchers identified 34 separate studies that met criteria for inclusion, including nine randomised controlled trials. While many of the studies reported are limited by sample size and lack of control groups, the review indicates that there is increasing evidence to suggest the effectiveness of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children and adolescents. The article aims to provide as complete a picture as possible of the existing evidence base, thereby enabling more refined questions to be asked regarding the nature of the current evidence and gaps requiring further exploration. Methodology:Literature Review

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Additional Information: Tests & Measures: Children’s Global Assessment Scale, Hampstead Child Adaptation Measure, Adult Functioning Index, Social and Occupational Functioning Assessment Scale, Child PTSD Symptom Scale, Schedule of Affective disorders & Schizophrenia for School-Age Children Revised for DSM-IV-Present and Lifetime Version, State-Trait Inventory for Children, Child Attachment Interview, MsArthur Story Stem Battery, Hampstead Child Adaption Measure, Relationship Anecdote Paradigm Interview, Family Assessment Device, Global Assessment of Relational Functioning, Moods and Feelings Questionnaire, Children’s Play Therapy Instrument, Severity of Impairment Score for Children & Adolescents, Baron Emotional Quotient Inventory, Child Behavior Checklist, Children's Depression Inventory, Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis II, Personality Disorders, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Third Edition, Beck Depression Inventory, Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Adult Attachment Interview, Eating Disorders Examination, Global Assessment of Functioning Scale, Youth Self-Report
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Age Differences, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Evidence-Based Practice, Effectiveness, Efficacy, Outcome Studies
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Research, Tests, Assessments > Psychotherapy Research
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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