Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Transference Interpretation in Couple and Family Therapy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_32-2


Transference Interpretation in Couples and Family Therapy


Interpretation of transference is one of the central technical features of psychoanalysis, as well as dynamic and psychodynamic therapies (Høglend et al. 2006; Levy and Scala 2012; Piper et al. 1993). For over 100 years, the technical use of transference interpretations contrasted against other interpretations has been intensively debated (Høglend et al. 2006). More recent experimental data findings utilizing randomized control trial designs suggest that low and moderate levels of both transference interpretation and transference-focused treatments are highly effective and can lead to structural change or change in social cognitive processing (Levy and Scala 2012).

Theoretical Framework

Since Sigmund Freud’s earliest writings, the concept of transference has been central within psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapy and broadly used across multiple psychotherapy disciplines (Levy and Scala 2012). The concept...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The William Paterson UniversityWayneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Molly F. Gasbarrini
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA