“Batthyany and Guttmann's annotated bibliography is the only book of which I am aware that provides a comprehensive review of research on meaning in life, the concept at the very heart of logotherapy. …” -- Dr. Peter D. Ebersole, Department of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
“Viktor Frankl's impact extends far beyond logotherapy and psychotherapy. He deserves to be recognized as the father of positive psychology. … Alexander Batthyany and David Guttmann's annotated bibliography attests to Frankl's widening influence, and provides invaluable resources for psychotherapists and researchers.” -- Dr. Paul T. P. Wong, Research Director and Professor, Trinity Western University, B.C., Canada, President, International Network on Personal Meaning, and International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy
An ambitious project, this book offers an organized, comprehensive, and invaluable compilation of relevant research material regarding meaning in life -- the central axis of logotherapy. For those who are interested specifically in the work of Viktor Frankl, the book's place in the library should be easily accessible because it will be pulled from the shelf again and again. For those who are not as familiar with his truly expansive perspective, the book will clarify Frankl's place in the field of contemporary psychotherapy and his enduring influence around the world. Batthyany and Guttmann have divided their presentation into three parts. In the first, readers will find studies on the scope, depth, and sources of meaning in everyday life as well as across a variety of situations. The second part introduces findings related to logotherapy and psychopathology, and the entries in the third section consider the validity, reliability, and structure of logotherapeutic test instruments or deal on some level with meta-research on logotherapy. A relevant resource for the classroom or the private study, Empirical Research in Logotherapy and Meaning-Oriented Psychotherapy: An Annotated Bibliography celebrates the most profound aspects of psychotherapeutic exploration.
About the Authors:
Alexander Batthyany, Ph.D., is a part-time lecturer at the Department for the Theory and Social Studies of Science
at the University of Vienna, where he teaches courses in theoretical and philosophical psychology. He completed his studies in logotherapy under Elisabeth Lukas, Ph.D., at the South German Institute for Logotherapy. Batthyany is head of the Sciences Department at the Viktor Frankl Institute in Vienna, where he also is in charge of the private archives of Viktor Frankl. Batthyany is editor, together with Eugenio Fizzotti and Karlheinz Biller, of the semiannual Collected Works of Viktor E. Frankl (German edition). He has published several books and articles on philosophical psychology, the contemporary philosophy of mind, and logotherapy.
David Guttmann, DSW, is Professor (Emeritus) and the former Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa. He received the Grand Award of the Viktor Frankl Foundation of the City of Vienna for the year 2003. He is the author of Logotherapy for the Helping Professional, Meaningful Social Work published by Springer in New York, and several books on aging and on ethics in social work. He has translated three books in logotherapy from English to Hebrew, has written numerous articles, and has taught logotherapy in many parts of the world in formal courses, seminars, and workshops for professionals and others. He has been engaged in practicing, teaching, research, training, and consultation in social work and gerontology for the past three decades, and in logotherapy since 1982.