TA Treatment of Depression. A Simplified Hermeneutic Single-Case Efficacy Design. The Case of “Margherita”

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Mariavittoria Zanchetta
Alessia Picco
Barbara Revello
Cristina Piccirillo
Enrico Benelli

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This study is the seventh of a series of seven and belongs to the second Italian systematic replication of findings from previous series that investigatedthe effectiveness of a manualized transactional analysistreatment for depressionthrough Hermeneutic Single-Case Efficacy Design. We address problems and difficulties emerged in previous case series, such as: spending time in training a group of people to conduct the hermeneutic analysis, organizing the involvement of external judges to give the final adjudication, and dealing with inconsistencies between quantitative and qualitative data. For these reasons, this study suggests a simplified method to conduct the hermeneutic analysis that require one person only, maintaining its validity. Therefore, we integrated hermeneutic design with the pragmatic case evaluation methodology in order to follow pre-defined criteria in analysing qualitative material. Furthermore, we present a way to use the Script System to detect changes in depressive symptomatology and depressive personality. We tested this approach to HSCED in the case of ‘Margherita’, a 56-years old white Italian woman who attended sixteen session of transactional analysis psychotherapy with a white Italian woman therapist with 5 years of clinical experience. The patient satisfied DSM-5 criteria for moderately severe major depressive disorder with anxious distress, and SWAP 200 criteria for traits of depressive, dependent, avoidant and hostile personality typeswith a high level of functioning.

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Zanchetta, M., Picco, A., Revello, B., Piccirillo, C., & Benelli, E. (2019). TA Treatment of Depression. A Simplified Hermeneutic Single-Case Efficacy Design. The Case of “Margherita”. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research & Practice, 10(2), 32-65. https://doi.org/10.29044/v10i2p32
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Mariavittoria Zanchetta, University of Padua

Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology

Psychologist, specializing in psychotherapy, Honorary fellowship in Dynamic Psychology

Alessia Picco, ITAT (Turin Institute for Transactional Analysis)

Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy), ITAT (Turin Institute for Transactional Analysis)

Barbara Revello

Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) (TSTA-P)

Cristina Piccirillo, ITAT (Turin Institute for Transactional Analysis)

Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) (CTA), President of Laboratory of Clinical Research ITAT (Turin Institute for Transactional Analysis)

Enrico Benelli, University of Padua

PhD, Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) (PTSTA-P), Vice-President of CPD (Center for Dynamic Psychology) in Padua (Italy), Adjunct Professor of Dynamic Psychology, University of Padua. 

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