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Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence of effectiveness of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy with parents and infants, children and adolescents

The ACP has commissioned two major systematic reviews of the evidence-base which were conducted by the Child Attachment & Psychological Therapies Research Unit (ChAPTRe) which is a partnership of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and University College London. The reviews support policy, service and workforce developments across the UK by ensuring they are informed by the best available evidence. 

The Evidence Base for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents: An Update and Narrative Synthesis (2020)

This report updates the main evidence-base by examining evidence published between 2017 and 2020 and synthesising this with findings reported in earlier reviews carried out in 2011 and 2017.

The Evidence Base for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Interventions with Children Under 5 Years of Age and Their Caregivers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (2022)

A new systematic study shows psychotherapy interventions can prevent and reduce mental health difficulties in parents and caregivers and their babies and young children. The review has now been published as a peer-reviewed article.

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