The Development of Qualitative Research Methods in Psychoanalysis and the Integration of Psychoanalytic Thinking in Qualitative Research
Speakers: Robert Hinshelwood, Margaret Rustin and Michael Rustin
Psychoanalytic research has often been criticised as inadequate for reportedly providing insufficient evidence of the effectiveness of psychoanalytic treatments. This Annual Lecture will focus, by contrast, on the equally important question of how the validity of primary research to advance psychoanalytic theories, concepts and techniques can be enhanced. This three-part lecture will draw on recently published studies of qualitative research methods in psychoanalysis.
The lecture would come in three sections, following the outline, each speaker will present for 20 minutes, allowing time for questions and discussion:
Drawing on writings in the philosophy and sociology of the sciences, Michael Rustin will propose that psychoanalytic methods of study, and their findings, have been as appropriate to their distinctive object of study, unconscious mental life, as the research methods of other sciences have been to theirs. He will argue that the clinical case study, which has been the foundation of psychoanalytic knowledge can be subjected to rigorous forms of data collection and data analysis which do not compromise its essential principles.
Margaret Rustin will describe a programme of qualitative clinical research in child psychotherapy conducted at the Tavistock Clinic during the past 25 years which has led to new discoveries in child psychotherapy and child analysis, reported in what are now 85 completed doctoral theses. This work has shown that research can be successfully conducted by clinicians soon after their training has been completed, often through data obtained from supervised clinical cases. It demonstrates the value of collaboration between a psychoanalytic clinical training and a university in developing new knowledge.
The third presentation by Robert Hinshelwood (with Kalina Stamenova) will be based on a book that reviews many of the methods of research into unconscious dynamics outside the clinical situation. There are currently no standard methods for making or validating such discoveries, and some emphasis will be placed on how a more standard method might be developed. This will include some discussion on how the method of clinical discovery could lend itself to formal social science research.
The studies on which this joint lecture will draw are Researching the Unconscious: Principles of Psychoanalytic Method, by Michael Rustin: New Discoveries in Child Psychotherapy: Findings from Qualitative Research, edited by Margaret and Michael Rustin; and Methods of Research into the Unconscious: Applying Psychoanalytic Ideas to Social Science by Kalina Stamenova and Robert Hinshelwood, all published in 2018.
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