Is Institutional Transference an Over-Used Concept in the Treatment of Chronic Psychiatric Patients?

  • Farideh de Bosset


The concept of institutional transference — i.e. relating to an institution rather than to a therapist — was initially observed among a small number of chronic psychiatric patients. Recently, this concept has been over-used to the extent that it has become synonymous with treatment of these patients. This paper describes the observation of the author in an out-patient clinic where the phenomenon of institutional transference is observed among 10% of the general population of the patients who form one-third of those suffering from chronic schizophrenic illness. Therefore, it is far from being a general occurrence among these patients.


Therapeutic Alliance Therapeutic Goal Community Psychiatry Physical Setting Mental Health Worker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Farideh de Bosset
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Staff Psychiatrist Out-patient Services, St. Michael’s HospitalUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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