Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Working psychologically in inpatient services
Author: Patel, Asha Leena N.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5358 0686
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2014
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Full text unavailable from EThOS. Thesis embargoed until 27 May 2019
Access from Institution:
Background: Literature has suggested that therapeutic engagement is considered as an important construct to assess as premature termination of therapy can influence clinical outcome and increase the chances of services becoming cost ineffective (McMurrana, Huband & Overton, 2010). This study aimed to explore how Psychologists' make sense of and understand their engagement with service users in a Medium Secure Unit (MSU). Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six participants (psychologists working in a MSU) and the transcripts were subjected to lnterpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Results: Three super-ordinate themes emerged from the data with sub-ordinate themes: 'being human together', 'the matryoshka doll of containment' and 'the psychologist as an empowerer in a disempowering system'. The research identified that the participants in the study described experiences of relating to service users at a humanistic level, their experiences of feeling contained, and being a facilitator of containment. The narratives also captured the experiential claims of service users being in a disempowered system but also the psychologists being a facilitator of empowerment. Conclusions: The recommendations that arose were placed within literature and the methodological limitations of the study. They were centered on how services and psychologists can aid service users' engagement in psychological therapies, within MSU.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: BF Psychology