Evidence Base

The evidence-base for psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL have conducted a new systematic review of the evidence-base for psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents.

The updated report examines the evidence published between January 2017 and May 2020 and shows further improvements in both the quality and quantity of research evidence. It also provides a narrative synthesis of the published research to date, i.e. synthesising the findings of this new update (2017-2020) with those reported in earlier reviews carried out in 2011 and 2017.

The ACP commissioned this review to support policy, service and workforce developments that are taking place in all nations of the UK and to ensure they are informed by the best available evidence on the effectiveness of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and young people. 

You can download the full report of the review and also a brief summary below.