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ROUSSOS, Andrés, J.; ETCHEBARNE, Ignacio  and  WAIZMANN, Vanina. The interaction between psychoanalytic interpretations and referential activity (s-wrad): A single case study. Anu. investig. [online]. 2009, vol.16, pp. 95-102. ISSN 1851-1686.

Aims: The study explores the interaction between the moment of formulation of interpretations in a psychodynamic psychotherapy and the patient's referential activity as measured by the DAAP-WRAD system of Bucci and Maskit (2005), using the Spanish Weighted Referential Activity Dictionary (S-WRAD) of Roussos and O´Connell (2004). Methods: Twenty-nine sessions from a two years audiorecorded treatment were transcribed, in order to analyze the sequence of interventions and its relation with the S-WRAD. A total of 3355 interventions were analyzed independently by trained judges using the classification of interventions developed by Roussos et al. (Roussos, Waizmann y Etchebarne, 2003; Roussos, Etchebarne y Waizmann, 2006). The interventions were studied in their session context, taking into account both the patient and the therapist's speech, but only categorizing the therapist's utterances. 77 interpretations were found, and the S-WRAD values at the moment of formulation were computed. Results: Most of the interventions were formulated when the RA level was higher than the mean of the patient´s RA speech, in a proportion of 1.2. But, this proportion is even higher when the intervention was an interpretation; here the proportion is 1.7. These results suggest that the type of intervention used in a treatment varies according to differences in the patient speech. These results are connected with other studies that found an interaction between intervention categories and the patient's RA level (Roussos y Leibovich de Duarte, 2002).

Keywords : Interpretation; Referential Activity.

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