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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1996 Nov;184(11):660-6.

The patient's contribution to the therapist's countertransference feelings.

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Department of Applied Psychology, UmeƄa University, Sweden.


Countertransference feelings of psychiatric milieu therapists toward their patients were studied by using a self-report feeling word checklist. The feelings were scored on subscales of feeling states in a circumplex model. By using an analysis of variance model, comparisons between reactions to patients individually and reactions to patients with different personality organizations and with different Health-sickness rating scale scores could be made. A total number of 244 therapists at 21 small treatment homes were studied. It was found that approximately 15% of the therapists' countertransference feeling reactions could be accounted for by recurrent reactions to patients individually. Surprisingly, the personality organization and the Health-sickness rating scale score of the patient accounted for almost no variance in therapists' feelings. The results are discussed, and possible explanations are evaluated.

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