TA Treatment of Depression: A Hermeneutic Single-Case Efficacy Design Study - ‘Deborah’

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Enrico Benelli
Maddalena Bergamaschi
Cristina Capoferri
Stefano Morena
Vincenzo Calvo
Stefania Mannarini
Arianna Palmieri
Mariavittoria Zanchetta
Maria Spinelli
Mark Widdowson


This study is the third of a series of seven, and belongs to the second Italian systematic replication of findings from two previous series (Widdowson 2012a, 2012b, 2012c, 2013; Benelli, 2016a, 2016b, 2016c) that investigated the effectiveness of a manualised transactional analysis treatment for depression through Hermeneutic Single-Case Efficacy Design (HSCED). Major Depression and Subthreshold Depression are often in comorbidity with Anxiety disorders in childhood and adolescence and represent a risk factor for ongoing mental health problems in adulthood. The therapist was a white Italian woman with 15 years of clinical experience and the client, Deborah, was a 15-year old white Italian female adoloscent who attended sixteen sessions of transactional analysis psychotherapy. The conclusion of the judges was that this was a good-outcome case: the depressive and anxious symptomatology clinically and reliably improved over the course of the therapy and these improvements were maintained throughout the duration of the follow-up intervals. Furthermore, the client reported significant change in her post-treatment interview and these changes were directly attributed to the therapy. In this case study, the transactional analysis manualised treatment for depression in adulthood has demonstrated its effectiveness also in treating depressive and anxiety symptoms in adolescence.

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Benelli, E., Bergamaschi, M., Capoferri, C., Morena, S., Calvo, V., Mannarini, S., Palmieri, A., Zanchetta, M., Spinelli, M., & Widdowson, M. (2017). TA Treatment of Depression: A Hermeneutic Single-Case Efficacy Design Study - ‘Deborah’. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research & Practice, 8(1), 39–58. https://doi.org/10.29044/v8i1p39

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