Juri Krivzov, who has been working as a research assistant on the Single Case Archive since September 2016, has been awarded a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. The project will focus on interpersonal patterns in patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS). Recent advances in psychoneuroimmunology, developmental psychology and psychoanalysis emphasize the role of disturbed attachment and resulting maladaptive interpersonal patterns in the emergence of MUS. This issue has predominantly been studied by means of cross-sectional quantitative research. Therefore, we still have little insight into how exactly maladaptive relational patterns in MUS patients function in real life and how they can be addressed in psychotherapy. The first part of this PhD project consists in a metasynthesis on published case studies form the Archive in which the focus is on symptomatic onset, tipping points in psychotherapy and the nature of therapeutic change.
Juri started to work on his PhD project on the 1st of May 2018 at the Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting at Ghent University (Belgium). Prof. Reitske Meganck is supervisor and Prof. Horst Kächele is co-supervisor. Juri continues to work part-time as a research assistant on the Single Case Archive.
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