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Neuropsychological deficit and psychodynamic defence models of schizophrenia: Towards an integrated psychotherapeutic model

Lewis, A.J. (2008) Neuropsychological deficit and psychodynamic defence models of schizophrenia: Towards an integrated psychotherapeutic model. In: Gleeson, J.F.M., Killackey, E. and Krstev, H., (eds.) Psychotherapies for the psychoses: Theoretical, cultural, and clinical integration. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group, Hove, England, pp. 52-69.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203937976
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Abstract

In recent psychiatric literature on schizophrenia the contribution of psycho- analytic ideas tends to be discounted on the basis of two claims: the first is that psychoanalytic treatments of schizophrenia have been shown to be ineffective and the second repeats Karl Popper's original critique that psycho- dynamic explanations are a priori unscientific because they are unfalsifiable (Bentall, 2006; McGorry, 2004). As Glen Gabbard notes, such statements follow the recent fashion in psychiatry which assumes that the success of the neurosciences renders psychodynamic contributions both redundant and outdated (Gabbard, 1994; Gabbard et aI., 2002). While it is disappointing to read statements which ignore important theoretical debates, such summary dismissal also indicates a missed opportunity to consider the experience of many therapists and patients who have found some benefit in a psycho- analytic approach (Cullberg and Johannessen, 2004; Gottdiener and Haslam, 2003)…

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: © 2008 Taylor & Francis
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/30723
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