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Negative effects in psychotherapy: commentary and recommendations for future research and clinical practice

Rozental, A; Castonguay, L; Dimidjian, S; Lambert, M; Shafran, R; Andersson, G; Carlbring, P; (2018) Negative effects in psychotherapy: commentary and recommendations for future research and clinical practice. BJPsych Open , 4 (4) pp. 307-312. 10.1192/bjo.2018.42. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Psychotherapy can alleviate mental distress and improve quality of life, but little is known about its potential negative effects and how to determine their frequency. Aims: To present a commentary on the current understanding and future research directions of negative effects in psychotherapy. Method: An anonymous survey was distributed to a select group of researchers, using an analytical framework known as strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Results: The researchers perceive an increased awareness of negative effects in psychotherapy in recent years, but also discuss some of the unresolved issues in relation to their definition, assessment and reporting. Qualitative methods and naturalistic designs are regarded as important to pursue, although a number of obstacles to using such methods are identified. Conclusion: Negative effects of psychotherapy are multifaceted, warranting careful considerations in order for them to be monitored and reported in research settings and routine care. Declaration of interest: None.

Type: Article
Title: Negative effects in psychotherapy: commentary and recommendations for future research and clinical practice
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1192/bjo.2018.42
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2018.42
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2018. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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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 Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054304
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