Trajectories of individual therapy goals in longterm psychotherapies of depressed patients in the Munich Psychotherapy Study (MPS)

2018 – 2021 / Lead: Prof. Dr. Dr. Dorothea Huber & Imke Grimm, M.A.Psych.

Funded by Deutsche Psychoanalytische Gesellschaft (DPG)

Project Outline

In the Munich Psychotherapy study (a prospective, partly randomized, partly experimental process-outcome study) individual goals in psychotherapy for each patient (n=100) were collected by external interviewers pre-treatment using the Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS; Kieresuk & Sherman 1986). Afterwards the patients were randomized to three different psychotherapy types: psychoanalytic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. The patient´s self-assessment of goal attaining was measured every six-month, post treatment and in 1-, 2- and 3- year catamnesis.

Additionally, we analyzed the individual therapy goals using an innovative objective rating instrument (Klug 2019) to assign each goal to the category: self, object or symptom.

First results show, that patients in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy are more successful in attaining the individual therapy goals than patients in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Also, the categories self and symptom outweigh the category object in our sample of depressed patients.

Presentation

Grimm, I., Klug, G. & Huber, D. Trajectories of individual therapy goals in longterm psychotherapy of depressed patients in the Munich Psychotherapy Study (MPS). DKPM Kongress, März 2020, Berlin.

Project Team

IPU Berlin
Prof. Dr. Dr. Dorothea Huber
dorothea.huber(at)ipu-berlin.de

Imke Grimm, M.A. Psych.
Telefon: +49 30 300 117-776
imke.grimm(at)ipu-berlin.de

University Hospital Technical University Munich
Dr. Günther Klug