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Title: The therapeutic alliance in the first session of mentalization-based family therapy (MBT-F)
Author: Szydlowski, Sara
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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Abstract:
The therapeutic alliance is a well-documented common factor that has been shown to predict outcome in both individual and family therapy (Sparks and Dunean, 2010). Initial research into Mentalization Based Treatment for Families (MBT -F) has shown families' relationship with the therapist to be an important feature that the fami lies viewed as having facilitated change (Etalapaa, 2011 ). However there is a paucity of research on the development of the therapeutic alliance in MBT-F. The study explored families' and therapist's experiences of the therapeutic alliance in the first session of Mentalization Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F), using a qualitative approach. Three families, four parents and one young person and their respective five therapists were interviewed between the first and second session of MBT -F using a semi-structured interview schedule developed for the study. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA; Smith, Rowers and Larkin, 2009) , which aims to explore participant's subjective ' lived' experience of a particular event, was used to gain insight into how family members and therapists made sense of the development of the therapeutic alliance retrospectively after the first session of therapy. Three super-ordinate themes were developed that reflected the experience of the family members. These were 'The therapeutic relationship', 'The process' and 'Hopes for therapy'. Three themes were developed that reflected the experience of the developing alliance from the perspective of the therapist: 'Developing relationships', 'Getting started ' and 'Moving forward. Themes were then compared between therapists and families, which showed families and therapists develop complementary, but not shared, understanding. These findings highlight the importance of common factors that facilitate the development of the therapeutic alliance in the first session of MBT -F. Future research is needed to understand how the therapeutic alliance develops between families and therapists over time.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psychol.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.604305  DOI: Not available
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