Theory of Interpersonal Psychotherapy: Introduction | Interpersonal Theory of Psychopathology | From Interpersonal Theory to Interpersonal Psychotherapy | Interpersonal Psychotherapy Versus Interpersonal Psychoanalytic
Therapy | Conclusion | Key Points | References | Suggested Readings
Since the publication of the original interpersonal
therapy (IPT) text (Klerman et al. 1984), little attention
has been paid to clarifying the unique conceptual approach of IPT.
This is no accident. IPT was devised with a clear emphasis on clinical
utility and practical efficacy rather than theory (Weissman 2006). Its advocates have tried to retain focus on IPT technique
and on efficacy research. However, inattention to theoretical issues
has led to some confusion about the conceptual boundaries of IPT
and how this treatment contrasts with other commonly used psychotherapies
(Markowitz et al. 1998). It has also been suggested that
lack of elaboration on IPT's conceptual approach may impede
broader dissemination—as practitioners are unsure what
distinguishes IPT from other approaches (Stuart 2006).