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Silence in the psychotherapy of adolescents with borderline personality pathology

Zimmermann, Ronan and Fürer, Lukas and Schenk, Nathalie and Koenig, Julian and Roth, Volker and Schlüter-Müller, Susanne and Kaess, Michael and Schmeck, Klaus. (2021) Silence in the psychotherapy of adolescents with borderline personality pathology. Personality disorders, 12 (2). pp. 160-170.

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Abstract

Silence in psychotherapy has been associated with different, sometimes opposing meanings. This study investigated silence during adolescent identity treatment in adolescent patients with borderline personality pathology. A more active therapeutic approach with less silence is advised in adolescent identity treatment. It was hypothesized that a session with more silence might be negatively perceived by adolescent patients. A total of 382 sessions that involved 21 female patients were analyzed. Silence was automatically detected from audio recordings. Diarization (segmenting an audio according to speaker identity) was performed. The patient's perception of the sessions was measured with the Session Evaluation Questionnaire. The amount of silence in the different speaker-switching patterns was not independent of one other. This finding supports the hypothesis of mutual attunement of patient and therapist concerning the amount of silence in a given session. Sessions with less silence were rated as being both smoother and better. The potential implications for clinical practice are discussed. The investigation of turn-taking and interpersonal temporal dynamics is relevant for psychotherapy research. The topic can be addressed efficiently using automated procedures.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Mathematik und Informatik > Informatik > Datenanalyse (Roth)
UniBasel Contributors:Roth, Volker and Zimmermann, Ronan and Fürer Kugel, Lukas and Schenk, Nathalie and Schlüter-Müller, Susanne and Schmeck, Klaus
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:1949-2715
e-ISSN:1949-2723
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:12 Apr 2021 12:44
Deposited On:12 Apr 2021 12:44

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