‘It's made all of us bond since that course…’ - a qualitative study of service users' experiences of a CBT anger management group intervention

MacMahon, P., Stenfert Kroese, B., Jahoda, A. , Stimpson, A., Rose, N., Rose, J., Townson, J., Hood, K. and Willner, P. (2015) ‘It's made all of us bond since that course…’ - a qualitative study of service users' experiences of a CBT anger management group intervention. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, (doi: 10.1111/jir.12144)

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Abstract

Background: People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are rarely asked about their experiences as users of psychological services and little is known about the views of clients with ID who have undergone cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This study aimed to gather the views of adults with ID who had recently taken part in a cluster randomised control trial (RCT) of a staff-delivered manualised CBT anger management group intervention.<p></p> Method A qualitative method, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), was employed and eleven participants were interviewed. The interviews took place after the intervention, within two weeks of the end of the group, to gain an understanding of service users' experiences of participating in a CBT group. Results: IPA of the interview transcripts indicated that the intervention was experienced as effective and enjoyable and a number of themes were identified including: ‘the importance of relationships’, ‘a new me’, ‘new and improved relationships’, ‘presenting myself in a positive light’ and ‘what the group didn't change’.<p></p> Conclusions: The results will be discussed in the context of applying group CBT for adults with ID and implications for service development.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jahoda, Professor Andrew and MacMahon, Dr Pamela
Authors: MacMahon, P., Stenfert Kroese, B., Jahoda, A., Stimpson, A., Rose, N., Rose, J., Townson, J., Hood, K., and Willner, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN:09642633
ISSN (Online):1365-2788

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