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The state of the evidence base for psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents

Palmer, R; Nascimento, LN; Fonagy, P; (2013) The state of the evidence base for psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America , 22 (2) 149 - 214. 10.1016/j.chc.2012.12.001. Green open access

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Abstract

This article reviews outcomes of psychodynamic psychotherapy (PP) for children and adolescents reported in articles identified by a comprehensive review of the literature on treatment evaluations of psychological and medical interventions for mental disorders in pediatric populations. The review identified 48 reports based on 33 studies. While there is evidence of substantial clinical gains associated with PP, in almost all the studies, when contrasted with family-based interventions, PP fares no better and appears to produce outcomes with some delay relative to family-based therapies. Further rigorous evaluations are needed, but evidence to date suggests that the context in which PP is delivered should be extended from the traditional context of individual therapy and parents should be included in the treatment of children.

Type: Article
Title: The state of the evidence base for psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.chc.2012.12.001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chc.2012.12.001
Language: English
Additional information: This the authors' pre-print of this published article.
Keywords: Adolescent, Child, Humans, Mental Disorders, Psychotherapy, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Treatment Outcome
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/1393943
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