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Title: An exploration of clinical psychologists' experiences of therapeutic relationship ruptures in the UK National Health Service : a grounded theory study
Author: Leinonen, Reetta
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 5843
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2010
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The aim of this study was to explore clinical psychologists' experiences of therapeutic relationship ruptures, specifically in the context of the UK National Health Service. The role of the context in which therapy takes place has been neglected in previous research on ruptures. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten clinical psychologists. Their accounts were analysed using a constructionist Grounded Theory approach. The grounded theory, 'ruptures in context' was developed. This comprises four categories, as interpreted by the researcher, by which participants understood the processes and situations of ruptures. In this, various levels of complexity are recognised, such as, influences from outside the therapy dyad, the possibility of positive ruptures, and a working environment that gives a very unclear message: support for psychologists experiencing a rupture, and pressure not to have one in the first place. The resulting theory provides clinical psychologists and clinical psychology training providers with a greater understanding of the perspectives of clinical psychologists on ruptures. I argue that more open recognition of ruptures and attention to their impact upon clinical psychologists are important aspects of developing the profession's future vision. Implications for clinical practice and further research are discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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