Followup of psychoanalysis five to ten years after termination: III. The relation between the resolution of the transference and the patient-analyst match

J Am Psychoanal Assoc. 1990;38(3):655-78. doi: 10.1177/000306519003800306.


As part of a long-term followup study of the outcome of psychoanalysis, we examined the relation between the extent of resolution of the transference at termination and the characteristics of the patient-analyst match. For twelve of the seventeen patients interviewed five to ten years after termination of psychoanalysis, the researchers found that the patient-analyst match played a role in the outcome of the analysis. Illustrations of the influence of the match in cases where the transference was resolved and those where it was not are presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Personality Development
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Psychoanalytic Theory*
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
  • Transference, Psychology*