History Taking and Reformulation of the Presenting Complaints

  • Peter E. Sifneos
Part of the Topics in General Psychiatry book series (TGPS)


Having obtained all the information he can about the patient’s presenting complaints, how does the evaluator go about deciding whether or not the patient is someone who would benefit from STAPP? In this and the next two chapters I shall describe the steps that are necessary to accomplish this task. There are four integral factors which are involved in the overall evaluation process:
  1. 1.

    The complete biographical history taking and reformulation of the presenting complaints

  2. 2.

    The specific criteria for selection for STAPP

  3. 3.

    The psychodynamic formulation, therapeutic focus, and contract

  4. 4.

    The specification of criteria for successful outcome



History Taking Present Complaint Early Memory Systematic History Critical Life Event 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter E. Sifneos
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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