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.