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From Research on Dialogical Practice to Dialogical Research : Open Dialogue Is Based on a Continuous Scientific Analysis (2020)

Seikkula, Jaakko (2020). From Research on Dialogical Practice to Dialogical Research : Open Dialogue Is Based on a Continuous Scientific Analysis. In Ochs, Matthias; Borcsa, Maria; Schweitzer, Jochen (Eds.) Systemic Research in Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy and Counseling, European Family Therapy Association Series. Cham: Springer, 143-164. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-36560-8_9

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All authors or editors: Seikkula, Jaakko

Parent publication: Systemic Research in Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy and Counseling

Parent publication editors: Ochs, Matthias; Borcsa, Maria; Schweitzer, Jochen

ISBN: 978-3-030-36559-2

eISBN: 978-3-030-36560-8

Journal or series: European Family Therapy Association Series

ISSN: 2569-877X

eISSN: 2569-8796

Publication year: 2020

Pages range: 143-164

Number of pages in the book: 439

Publisher: Springer

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-36560-8_9

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Open dialogue is based on systematic research since the very beginning of the development. In every new phase of the development and reorganization of the psychiatric organization, research was needed for both understanding the phenomenon of the therapeutic processes and detecting the outcome of the new approach. The research is “naturalistic” in the way that it takes place within the everyday – natural – clinical practice following what happens there. This means that the research designs do not change the clinical practice for the research, as so often done in empiristic clinical trials. The research employs “mixed method research” to identify all the possible elements of the object of the research. Statistical information is needed to analyze the treatment effects of the entire group of patients in the research. But in addition, qualitative methods are needed to inspect the information in detail and to understand the statistical information of outcomes statistics in the real-life clinical practice. The research has a strong dialogical emphasis both in concerning how to be in dialogue with the observations of the research to make them available in the everyday clinical practice and in the way observations are done about the dialogical processes of therapeutic meetings.

All studies have played an important role at least in three respects. First, they describe the outcomes of the treatment and consequently the emerging problems in the outcomes in the system of care. Second, they build up the foundations of open dialogue approach on the whole. Third, they develop understanding regarding the meaning of treatment systems, family inclusion into the treatment processes, psychotic problems in the life of the patient and families, and the dialogical practice.

This chapter describes the origins of the research on open dialogues in detail in seven different projects.

Keywords: psychotherapy; dialogicality; openness; bodiliness; psychoses; research methods; research results

Free keywords: open dialogues; psychosis; naturalistic research; dialogical investigations; embodiment

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Reporting Year: 2020

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