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The research agenda: The vital need for empirical research in child psychotherapy

Fonagy, P; (2003) The research agenda: The vital need for empirical research in child psychotherapy. Journal of Child Psychotherapy , 29 (2) 129 - 136. 10.1080/0075417031000138406. Green open access

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Abstract

Some possible reasons for the historical absence of psychoanalytic outcome research are examined, particularly the incompatibilities in the world view espoused by psychoanalysis and that of most of current science and the assumption of privileged knowledge on the part of many psychoanalysts and their training institutions. It is argued that the view that psychoanalysis offers an alternative epistemology to that of scientific research maintains psychoanalysis in its inferior position. The existing evidence for the effectiveness of adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy is reviewed and the relevance of these findings to child psychotherapy outlined. Finally the author proposes a research agenda for both child and adult psychotherapy and outlines the changes that psychotherapists will need to make if they are to implement this agenda.

Type: Article
Title: The research agenda: The vital need for empirical research in child psychotherapy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0075417031000138406
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0075417031000138406
Language: English
Additional information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Fonagy, P; (2003) The research agenda: The vital need for empirical research in child psychotherapy. Journal of Child Psychotherapy , 29 (2) 129 - 136., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi/org/10.1080/0075417031000138406. In addition, authors may also transmit, print and share copies with colleagues, provided that there is no systematic distribution of the submitted version, e.g. posting on a listserve, network or automated delivery.
Keywords: Child psychotherapy research, adult psychotherapy research, psychoanalysis, epistemology, research methodology
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/134278
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