Therapeutic Atmosphere in Psychotherapy Sessions

Marte L. Siegel, Eva M. Gullestad Binder, Hanne Sofie J. Dahl, Nikolai O. Czajkowski, Kenneth L. Critchfield, Per A. Høglend, Randi Ulberg
2020 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health  
There is uncertainty concerning what the active ingredients in psychotherapy are. The First Experimental Study of Transference interpretations (FEST) was a randomized controlled trial of the effects of transference work (TW) in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Women with low quality of object relations (QOR) showed a large positive effect of transference work, while men with high QOR showed a slight negative effect. The present study aimed to expand the knowledge from the FEST by investigating the
more » ... investigating the therapeutic atmosphere with Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB). Two-way ANOVAs were conducted to investigate differences between SASB cluster scores between subgroups. The therapeutic atmosphere was characterized by Protect–Trust, Affirm–Disclose and Control–Submit. Multilevel modeling was used to assess the relationship between a therapist variable and outcomes for men and women. Contrary to expectations, no significant differences in therapeutic atmosphere between subgroups (with or without TW in women with low QOR and men with high QOR) were observed using the process measure SASB.
doi:10.3390/ijerph17114105 pmid:32526849 fatcat:yxaojw6xn5gkhccvcdrze26tpi