Theory Development via Single Cases: A Case Study of the Therapeutic Relationship in Psychodynamic Therapy

Authors

  • Stanley B. Messer Rutgers University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14713/pcsp.v7i4.1112

Keywords:

clinical case studies, case studies, therapeutic relationship, psychodynamic therapy, methodological challenges of case studies, case study vs. statistical findings

Abstract

The goals of this paper are (a) to demonstrate how study of the therapeutic alliance in single cases of psychodynamic therapy can exemplify and instantiate theoretical concepts and lead to the development or refinement of psychotherapy theory, research and practice, as illustrated in the case of Ron and in Hans Strupp's classic analyses of pairs of comparable successful and unsuccessful cases; (b) to point out methodological challenges of case studies as a source of reliable and valid data; and (c) to illustrate the greater influence of clinical case studies compared to research reviews of the psychotherapy literature on the practitioner.

Author Biography

Stanley B. Messer, Rutgers University

San Fishman, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy Professor of Clinical and Organizational Psychology Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers University Mailing address: 57 Jaffray Court Irvington, NY 10533 914-693-8549 fax: 603-917-2567 email: dfish96198@aol.com

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Published

12/12/2011

How to Cite

Messer, S. B. (2011). Theory Development via Single Cases: A Case Study of the Therapeutic Relationship in Psychodynamic Therapy. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 7(4), 440–448. https://doi.org/10.14713/pcsp.v7i4.1112

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Section

Theory-Building Case Examples