Evalustions of Psychoanalysis

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  • Evaluation of Psychoanalysis
    • Effectiveness (strength)
      • Bergin (1971) analysed data from 10,000 patient histories
      • 80% of patients benefited from psychoanalysis
      • 65% of patients benefited from eclectic therapies
      • He also noticed that length and intensity was also a factor in recovery
      • As psychoanalysis tends to be longer and intensive it would therefore would be expected to produce better results
    • Length of treatment (strength)
      • The importance in length of recovery and is supported by Tschuchke et al (2007)
      • He carried out the largest studies investigating long-term psychodynamic treatment
      • More than 450 patients took part in the study
    • Repressed memories may be false memories (limitations)
      • As therapy is using memories that the individual is unaware that may have caused the problems
      • A main criticism is that therapists are not helping to recover old memories but may be creating new ones
      • Psychoanalysis relies on that person been able to reliably recall early memories
    • Theoretical limitations (limitations)
      • Psychoanalysis is based on Freud's theory of personality if that is flawed then so is the explanations of mental health
      • Freud failed to appreciate the differences between individuals in the way modern psychotherapies do
      • The development of humanistic or person cantered approaches addressed the problem by putting the client first


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