The Assessment of Mentalization: Measures for the Patient, the Therapist and the Interaction

Shaw, Chloe, Lo, Chris, Lanceley, Anne, Hales, Sarah, and Rodin, Gary (2020) The Assessment of Mentalization: Measures for the Patient, the Therapist and the Interaction. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 50. pp. 57-65.

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Mentalization has been clearly defined in the literature as a relational concept and yet in surveys and transcript-based measures it is almost universally treated as an individual capacity. That approach has value but may not capture the emergent nature of mentalization, as it is jointly constructed within a relational context. We report here on a critical evaluation of measurement approaches commonly used to conceptualize and assess mentalization and argue for the value of conversation analysis (CA) as an alternative approach. A variety of approaches have been shown to have utility in assessing mentalization as an individual capacity. We illustrate how conversation analysis allows for an in-depth-analysis of mentalization as it is co-created across different contexts in real-life therapy sessions. This method of analysis shifts the focus from content to process. Conversation analysis is a potentially valuable tool to support training, to assess treatment integrity, and to improve outcomes with mentalization-based interventions.

Item ID: 73170
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-3564
Copyright Information: Published Version: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2019. Accepted Version may be made open access in an Institutional Repository after a 12 month embargo.
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 03:42
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520399 Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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