Michael A Selzer

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The aim of this research project was to develop an instrument to measure acknowledgment and denial of illness in hospitalized psychiatric patients. The investigators developed a 23-item, 4-point self report scale, the Patient's Experience of Hospitalization (PEH), and collected validity data from a sample of inpatients. A total of 29 subjects completed the(More)
High patient drop-out rates have traditionally interfered with both treatment and study of patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The authors tested hypotheses that an adequate treatment contract, a positive therapeutic alliance, and the severity of illness would all correlate with continuation of treatment versus drop-out in a BPD cohort(More)
This study aimed to identify patient factors that predict early dropout from psychodynamic psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD). Thirty-six BPD patients began an open-ended course of twice per week psychodynamic psychotherapy that was defined in a treatment manual and supervised. Dropout rates were 31% and 36% at 3 and 6 months of(More)
The initial treatment contract with a borderline patient recognizes the patient's potential for destructiveness and builds in safeguards. The therapist's effort to protect the treatment mobilizes the patient's primitive defenses. The therapist must be prepared to respond to resistance to the contract by clarification, confrontation, and occasionally(More)
The Dynamic Assessment Interview (DAI) is a semi-structured interview with anchored scales to rate patients; suitability for psychodynamic psychotherapy. The DAI was inspired by the Personality Assessment Interview developed by Selzer et al. in 1987 and it introduces from the beginning of the assessment interview an explicit focus on the patient's immediate(More)
A pilot study on the process of psychodynamic psychotherapy of borderline personality disorder at the Cornell University Medical College is designed to investigate the teaching and application of a specific model of treatment for borderline patients (Clarkin et al. 1992; Kernberg and Clarkin 1992). The project has involved teaching a group of self-selected(More)
Psychotherapeutic work with chronic schizophrenic patients is difficult for both patient and therapist. Such patients lack many of the capacities necessary to participate in psychotherapy: motivation, observing ego, the ability to communicate verbally about thoughts and feelings, the capacity to sustain a relationship. Treatment of such patients may require(More)
Studies of psychodynamic psychotherapy require an instrument to measure the application of the prescribed therapeutic techniques during ongoing treatment. The authors describe the development of such an instrument, the Therapist Verbal Intervention Inventory (TVII), designed specifically for use in the study of the treatment of patients with borderline(More)
Some schizophrenic patients claim that their personalities have been damaged or destroyed so that they bear little or no resemblance to their former selves. This assertion has several unfortunate consequences: patients believe that they no longer have access to skills they had acquired previously, and they believe that understanding their past has no(More)