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    Short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a depressed adolescent with borderline personality disorder: an empirical, single case study

    Grossfeld, M. and Calderón, A. and O’Keeffe, S. and Green, Viviane and Midgley, N. (2019) Short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a depressed adolescent with borderline personality disorder: an empirical, single case study. Journal of Child Psychotherapy 45 (2), pp. 209-228. ISSN 0075-417X.

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    Abstract

    While clinical descriptions of psychotherapy with depressed adolescents with traits of borderline functioning exist, they are not yet supported by empirically-grounded research. This single-case study aims to identify meaningful therapist-patient interaction in the course of short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy with an adolescent girl who meets diagnostic criteria for both Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Twenty-eight sessions of psychotherapy were coded, using the Adolescent Psychotherapy Q-Set. Five interaction structures were identified, which were distinguished by the nature of the adolescent’s emotional expression during sessions, and how the therapist responded to the young person. Exploration of the clinical and theoretical meaning of these interaction structures suggests that core elements of a young person’s depression and borderline functioning can be identified in sessions, and that the therapeutic process overall shows some significant departures from some of what is usually recognised as a typical psychoanalytic approach. The paper discusses whether these changes in technique can be understood as responses to the clinical challenges associated with working with adolescents with borderline features.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Adolescence, psychotherapy process, psychodynamic psychotherapy, case study, depression, borderline personality disorder
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Viviane Green
    Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2019 11:32
    Last Modified: 23 Feb 2020 14:57
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/29053

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