The values of psychoanalytic psychotherapists at two points in time (1979 vs. 1993): A cross-over comparative study

Bernard Katz, Samuel Juni, Patty Matz

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Our purpose in this study is to view theories of psychotherapy from a general social-political context, especially insofar as they pertain to values. Beginning with Weisskopf-Joelson's (1980) thesis that theories of psychotherapy may be "perceptual houses" with their own unique value structures, we studied the values of psychoanalytic psychotherapists within the framework of Rokeach's (1968) system. Through the Rokeach Value Survey, we examined the values held by a group of psychoanalytic trainees in 1979 and those held by a group of practicing psychoanalysts in 1993. Because neither group of subjects can be regarded as randomly representative of the universe of psychoanalysts, we regard the resultant data as evocative and informative rather than definitive. Nonetheless, we examined the extent to which value profiles for the psychoanalytic trainees of 1979 were similar or dissimilar to those of practicing psychoanalysts in 1993. Such comparisons at the least provide some general indication as to whether values have shifted in the universe within this time period. Findings are presented about specific patterns of values, and implications are discussed. There appears to be more consistency than difference in values among the psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapists we studied, lending support to this discipline's designation of a "perceptual house" insofar as its values are concerned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-361
Number of pages23
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002


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