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Title: How do clinicians adapt cognitive analytic therapy to work with adults with avoidant and anxious attachment styles? : a qualitative study
Author: Quann, Rhiannon
ISNI:       0000 0004 5993 9952
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2016
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This is a qualitative investigation of how experienced clinicians adapt Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) to work more effectively with clients who demonstrate avoidant or anxious attachment styles. Clinical vignettes were devised and validated to conceptualise the attachment styles and these were used as prompts in interviews exploring what therapy adaptations were made. An inductive Thematic Analysis was used as the method of qualitative analysis to examine the themes that emerged. The following themes came from the data: Creating achievable interpersonal and intrapersonal therapeutic goals, Achieving optimum affect for therapeutic work, Achieving optimum relational distance for therapeutic work and Focusing on anticipating and resolving ruptures. These themes are discussed with theoretical and clinical implications in mind as well as an evaluation of study methodology.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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