Original source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29281749?dopt=Abstract
THERAPISTS’ EXPERIENCES OF MOTHER-INFANT PSYCHOANALYTIC TREATMENT: A QUALITATIVE STUDY.
Infant Ment Health J. 2018 01;39(1):55-69
Authors: Winberg Salomonsson M, Barimani M
As part of a larger research project in Sweden, a qualitative study investigated psychotherapists’ experiences of mother-infant psychoanalysis (MIP). A randomized controlled trial compared two groups of mother-infant dyads with psychological problems. One had received Child Health Center care, and the other received MIP. Previous articles on long-term effects have found that mothers who had received MIP were less depressed throughout a posttreatment period of 3½ years, and their children showed better global functioning and psychological well-being. The present study’s objectives were to describe the therapist’s experiences of MIP and deepen the understanding of the MIP process. Six months after treatment began, all therapists were interviewed. Transcribed interviews with therapists from 10 (of 33 total) MIP treatments were randomly selected and analyzed in detail by thematic analysis. Therapists worked successfully with mother and infant together and found different ways of cooperation during MIP sessions. Therapists reported overall positive experiences; however, in cases where mothers needed more personal attention, it would be important to adapt the method to them.
PMID: 29281749 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]