Needs Analysis: The Application of Transactional Analysis in the Management of Relationship Problems for Psychiatrists and Residents in Indonesia


Currently in Indonesia, the study of transactional analysis (TA) for managing psychiatric disorders is still uncommon although it is found effective in many cases. Thus, we conducted this study to obtain data and reasons of TA usage and strategies in managing psychological disorders especially in relationship problems. This study also learned the strategies used in improving the knowledge and skills in applying TA. We enrolled 107 subjects comprised of 54 psychiatrists and 53 residents, who had been selected randomly from 219 prospect respondents of a questionnaire given directly or by e-mail. This questionnaire was given and/or sent to 99 psychiatrists and 120 residensts in Indonesia. All of the study subjects (n= 107) admitted the need of TA
application module in treating relationship problems, as it was suitable and applicable (almost 93%). The most favored psychotherapy strategy was transactional analysis (47.6%) followed by cognitive behavioral therapy (45.7%), brief dynamic psychotherapy (36.4%), supportive psychotherapy (14 %), and others (15 %). The most preffered strategy was training. Many psychiatrists in Indonesia do not know how to apply TA. Therefore,
TA application module and training are needed to improve knowledge and skill in practicing.

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