The Outcome of STAPP

  • Peter E. Sifneos
Part of the Topics in General Psychiatry book series (TGPS)


In 1960 and again in 1964 I presented the findings of follow-up interviews with patients who were treated with STAPP (Sifneos, 1961, 1965). The results can be summarized as follows. The patients reported that: (1) they had achieved a moderate symptomatic relief; (2) psychotherapy was a “new learning experience”; (3) their self-esteem had improved strikingly; (4) they had overcome the crisis which was instrumental in bringing them to the clinic; and (5) their expectations of the therapeutic outcome had become more realistic. Furthermore, it appeared that, although they had experienced positive feelings for their therapist, the patients attributed the success of their treatment primarily to their own efforts. Generally speaking, they felt no need for further psychotherapy. At that time, although we were quite encouraged by these findings, we thought that STAPP provided only limited intrapsychic changes. We did, however, decide to investigate the therapeutic outcome more systematically by setting up a controlled study of patients chosen according to our selection criteria and treated according to the technical requirements that are by now very familiar to the reader.


Symptomatic Improvement Independent Evaluator Mental Health Functioning Beth Israel Hospital Dynamic Psychotherapy 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter E. Sifneos
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA

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