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A mixed methods evaluation of a compassion‐focused therapy group intervention for people with an intellectual disability

Hewitt, O. ORCID:, Codd, J. ORCID:, Maguire, K. ORCID:, Balendra, M. and Tariq, S. (2023) A mixed methods evaluation of a compassion‐focused therapy group intervention for people with an intellectual disability. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 51 (4). pp. 522-533. ISSN 1468-3156

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Background This study investigated the use of a Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) group as a psychological intervention for a group of adults with an intellectual disability with a range of psychological issues. Method Four clients attended the group, which was facilitated by three trainee Clinical Psychologists. The group consisted of 8 weekly sessions. Findings Standardised outcome measures showed an increase in psychological well-being and self-compassion for all participants postintervention. Two participants showed an increase in psychological distress, while two participants reported decreases in this area. Scores on measures of self-criticism fell for two participants, increased for one participant and showed no change for one participant. Qualitative interviews were conducted with postgroup with all group members (clients and facilitators). Thematic analysis identified two superordinate themes relating to the accessibility of the group content, and interpersonal aspects of the group. Conclusion The results suggest that clients enjoyed and benefitted from the group. Challenges, such as lack of carer involvement, were identified, and recommendations for future CFT groups are made.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:111751
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pediatrics, Pshychiatric Mental Health


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