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The narrative reconstruction of psychotherapy and psychological health.
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PMID:  18815950     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When people complete psychotherapy, they carry the story of the experience with them. This retrospective reconstruction serves several psychological purposes, including contributing to narrative identity and influencing the maintenance of therapeutic gains after termination. Based on a prior qualitative investigation of therapy narratives (Adler & McAdams, 2007a), a new sample of 104 former clients wrote about their psychotherapy after treatment end. Quantitative analyses indicated that the retrospective narratives of participants high in subjective well-being focused on the protagonist's agency in struggling with a discrete problem. In addition, the narratives of participants high in ego development described a coherent story of growth. These findings suggest that the stories clients construct about psychotherapy reliably vary depending on their psychological health.
Jonathan M Adler; Lauren M Skalina; Dan P McAdams
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychotherapy research : journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1468-4381     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychother Res     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-11-12     Completed Date:  2009-03-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9110958     Medline TA:  Psychother Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  719-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Clinical Competence
Middle Aged
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)*
Patient Satisfaction
Problem Solving
Psychotherapeutic Processes*
Psychotherapy / methods*

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