The Therapeutic Value of Intersubjective Systems Theory with an Adult Adoptee: A Case Study
Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Peter Buirski, Ph.D.
Tracy Vozar, Ph.D.
Christine DeVore, Psy.D.
Intersubjective, Adoption, Transfer
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Adoptees are overrepresented in mental health settings and adult adoptees have been found to be at an increased risk for anxiety disorders, substance use, and mood disorders compared to nonadoptees (Tieman, van der Ende, & Verhulst, 2005). Despite this, research pertaining to the therapeutic treatment of adult adoptees is scarce (Post, 2000; Smyer, Gatz, Simi, & Pedersen, 1998). The purpose of this paper is to use a case study of an adult adoptee to demonstrate the utility of Intersubjective Systems Theory (IST) to treat and adult adoptee. Additionally, the paper explores the impact of forced transfers on both adopted and non-adopted psychotherapy clients and suggests additional graduate training to better serve adopted psychotherapy clients.
Dunn, Margaret, "The Therapeutic Value of Intersubjective Systems Theory with an Adult Adoptee: A Case Study" (2021). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 428.