Interpersonal art psychotherapy for the treatment of aggression in people with learning disabilities in secure care: a protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study

Hackett, S. S., Taylor, J. L., Freeston, M., Jahoda, A. , McColl, E., Pennington, L. and Kaner, E. (2017) Interpersonal art psychotherapy for the treatment of aggression in people with learning disabilities in secure care: a protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 3, 42. (doi: 10.1186/s40814-017-0186-z) (PMID:29046819) (PMCID:PMC5633903)

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Abstract

Background: Art psychotherapy has greater potential for use with adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities as it places less of a burden on verbal interaction to achieve positive therapeutic, psychological, and behavioural goals. The feasibility study objectives include testing procedures, outcomes, validated tools, recruitment and attrition rates, acceptability, and treatment fidelity for manualised interpersonal art psychotherapy. Methods: Adult males and females with mild to moderate learning disabilities will be recruited from four NHS secure hospitals. Twenty patients will be recruited and randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups: fifteen 1-h individual sessions of manualised interpersonal art psychotherapy, or a treatment as usual waiting list control group. The Modified Overt Aggression Scale will be administered to both treatment arms. Four patients will be recruited to a single-case design component of the study exploring the acceptability of an attentional condition. Discussion: This multi-site study will assist in future trial planning and inform feasibility including, procedures, treatment acceptability, therapist adherence, and estimation of samples size for a definitive RCT.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research is funded by Health Education England/National Institute of Health Research Integrated Clinical Academic Programme.
Keywords:Art psychotherapy, art therapy, feasibility study, learning disability, secure care.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jahoda, Professor Andrew
Authors: Hackett, S. S., Taylor, J. L., Freeston, M., Jahoda, A., McColl, E., Pennington, L., and Kaner, E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:2055-5784
ISSN (Online):2055-5784
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Pilot and Feasibility Studies 3: 42
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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