The Study of Changes in Object Relation at Different time Serials Transference Focused Psychotherapy with Cluster B Personality Disorders

Document Type : Scientific-research


1 Department of Psychology, Semnan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Semnan, Iran.

2 Associate Professor of Health Psychology, department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Semnan University, Mahdishahr, Semnan, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Semnan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Semnan, Iran.

4 Department of Human Science, Semnan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Semnan, Iran.


Aim: This study aimed to investigate changes in object relations during different time intervals of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) for individuals with Cluster B personality disorders.
Method: A quasi-experimental research design was employed, involving 32 patients diagnosed with Cluster B Personality Disorders (17 male and 15 female) selected through the available sampling method. Participants were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. The experimental group underwent 51 TFP sessions (once a week for 45 minutes). Pre-test and three post-tests using Bell's Object Relation Inventory were conducted at various treatment stages, with follow-up assessments for the experimental group. Data were analyzed using repeated measures analysis of variance and paired T-tests.
Results: Findings revealed that TFP had a significant impact on various dimensions of object relations, and these changes remained stable during the follow-up phase, with no significant variations between the third stage and follow-up.
Conclusion: The study demonstrated that initial changes in insecure attachment manifested earlier than other dimensions, while changes related to alienation occurred later and were more profound, necessitating an extended duration for transformation. Follow-up results indicated symptom improvement post-treatment, highlighting TFP's efficacy in enhancing object relations. Overall, Transference-Focused Psychotherapy emerges as a valuable intervention method for ameliorating Personality Disorders within Cluster B.


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