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Title: Alcohol misuse therapy within the child protection arena : an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of mothers
Author: McCallion, Áine
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 295X
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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The vulnerability and associated barriers to therapy engagement for mothers whose alcohol misuse prevents them from parenting effectively and safely are evident in the literature. Mothers are often referred for alcohol misuse therapy as part of a statutory safeguarding plan although barriers to engagement in therapy are thought to include issues of denial, defensiveness and resistance from parents (Cleaver et al., 2007; Rockhill et al., 2008 & Taylor et al., 2008). Barriers to engagement' from the parents' perspective are fear, stigma, lack of information or trust in services and negative attitudes from professionals (Cleaver et al., 2007; Kroll & Taylor, 2003; Rockhill et al., 2008 & Taylor et al., 2008). The evidence is limited and inconsistent with regards to the effectiveness of psychological intervention where client engagement is directly influenced' by a requirement to attend (Farabee, 2002). Furthermore, little is known about the processes of engagement where motivation is directed by an external requirement as opposed to an internal self-directed desire to change (Farabee, 2002). The objective of this study was to explore and gain further understanding of the maternal experience of psychological intervention to treat their alcohol misuse where their attendance is required by Child Protection Services through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis methods. Four master themes emerged from the findings that centre on a journey of a Pained Self, they include: A Pained Self, Attempting to Cope with a Pained Self, Mirrors of a Pained Self and a Pained Self in Therapy. Issues of reflecting on the pained parts of self and how this and difficulties within intra and interpersonal processes can sway the experience of therapy for mothers in this context are discussed
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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