Towards a research tradition in Gestalt therapy

The construction of a gestalt-coherent outcome measure: Polarities and the polarization-integration process

Gestalt psychotherapyResearchExpert opinionEnglish
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Abstract

Much progress has been made evaluating psychotherapy's efficacy and results, establishing that it's generally beneficial to patients and that different theoretical orientations show similar results. Humanistic psychotherapies have also shown robust evidence of their efficacy, although they tend to be dismissed or overlooked in scientific and political circles. For example, Gestalt therapy is not recognized as possibly efficacious for any specific diagnosis. Therefore, more outcome-based research is needed. In this chapter we argue the need to develop measures that are coherent with our theory of change, and also helpful to the clinician. Then, we have present a review of literature related to the construct of polarities. Also, we demonstrate our conceptual definition of polarities and their different components. Finally, we share our current ideas of how to operationalize these concepts in a measurable way.

APA citation

Herrera Salinas, P. (2016). The construction of a gestalt-coherent outcome measure: Polarities and the polarization-integration process. In Towards a research tradition in Gestalt therapy (pp. 130-150). Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.