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Acad Psychiatry. 2009 Jul-Aug;33(4):323-6. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.33.4.323.

Personal psychotherapy during residency training: a survey of psychiatric residents.

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University at Buffalo, Children's Psychiatry Clinic, 3 Gates Circle, Buffalo, NY 14209, USA. lezama@buffalo.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors investigate current psychiatric residents' experiences with and opinions about personal psychotherapy.

METHODS:

The authors analyzed survey data from randomly selected students in psychiatric residency training programs during the 2005-2006 academic year.

RESULTS:

Approximately one-third of respondents were in psychotherapy. Being in a training program affiliated with a psychoanalytic institute and being further along in training were associated with a greater likelihood of being in therapy. Residents identified financial cost and training demands as the top barriers to pursuing psychotherapy. Psychodynamic psychotherapy was by far the most common type; few residents received cognitive behavior therapy.

CONCLUSION:

A significant minority of psychiatric residents pursue personal psychotherapy, primarily psychodynamic. This number appears to be much smaller than in the past.

PMID:
19690115
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ap.33.4.323
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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