chapter  5
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Outcomes and Factors Related to Efficacy of Brief Psychodynamic Therapy

WithStanley B. Messer, Amelia H. Kaplan

This chapter reviews the evidence on outcome and the major factors contributing to progress and outcome in brief psychodynamic therapy (BPT). Our aim in the first of the two main sections of this chapter is to address the question of whether BPT is an effective form of therapy. In doing so, we present two types of outcome studies: meta-analysis, which aggregates the results of many studies that compare BPT to treated or untreated groups, and more recent individual studies that compare BPT to other brief therapies or to long-term psychoanalytic therapy.