A peer-reviewed, multi-theoretical, freely available e-journal of systematic case studies & case study method articles.   D.B. Fishman, S.B Messer, D.J.A. Edwards, & F.M. Dattilio (Eds.) (2017). Case Studies Within Psychotherapy Trials: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods. NY: Oxford University Press.

08.03.2017 | Tine Bagger Christiansen

This book provides a comprehensive illustration of the "Cases-Within-Trials" (CWT), mixed-methods model of psychotherapy research—a model first introduced in PCSP: Volume 7 (2011), Number 2. Quantitative findings from four published randomized clinical trials (RCTs) are integrated with qualitative and quantitative findings from systematic case studies of successful and unsuccessful clients drawn from the experimental condition of each RCT. Commentaries by notable experts provide external perspectives on each of the four projects and their results. 

The object is to look under the hood of individual cases to help discern what makes some cases succeed and others not. The four RCT studies range across a variety of types of clients, clinical problems, and theoretical orientations, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and motivational enhancement perspectives.

The volume opens with a history of dialectic and political controversy in psychotherapy research about quantitative versus qualitative approaches, followed by a review of recent initiatives to bridge these differing perspectives. The final chapter demonstrates the complementarity of the quantitative and qualitative knowledge across the four projects and demonstrates how practitioners can be meaningfully included in future psychotherapy research. 

Professor Mikael Thastum har bidraget til bogen.