The Findings of the Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS). The Value in Further Questions

Taylor, David; Rost, Felicitas and Fonagy, Peter (2016). The Findings of the Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS). The Value in Further Questions. In: Annual Phil Richardson Memorial Lecture, 26 Feb 2016, London.

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Abstract

A research project is judged not only by answering its primary hypothesis but as well by whether its findings permit deeper questions. The Tavistock Adult Depression Study allows us to enquire into such questions as “Who benefited and why? Who did not and why?”, “What therapeutic mechanism(s) is at work?” and “Is the emergence of the therapeutic effect of psychoanalytic treatments delayed? Why?” No established understanding of these questions exists. Combining the clinician’s observations of their work with chronically depressed patients with the statistical probing of TADS data offers a prospect of building towards genuinely new and useful scientific knowledge.

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