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Title: Investigating lay people's ability to formulate a hypothetical clinical case: a pilot study
Author: Kabir, Qazi Anwar
ISNI:       0000 0004 2747 912X
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2011
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Case formulation within psychology and psychotherapy has often centred on this being the skill and task of the clinician. However, research into lay theories has identified that lay perceptions of mental illness are as varied as psychological theories and similar to mental health professionals. This study adopted a mixed methods approach to explore whether lay perceptions can be considered a formulation. Participants were shown a hypothetical vignette and asked to write a short statement as to what they believed was going on for the actress in the video. This was supplemented with suggestions asking participants to consider what the main issues were, how they may have developed and what may be keeping the problems going. Information was initially coded using template analysis which drew 'a priori codes' from the Case Formulation Content Coding Method (CFCCM). This helped to identify the relevant categories deemed important in case formulation and allowed for an 'overall quality' and 'comprehensiveness' score to be compared with previous research. Thematically analysing participants' responses within template analysis also allowed for the identification of new themes which aimed to offer the reader further context of the formulation ability of lay people. The results indicated that participants who have no prior experience or training in psychology or formulation appear to formulate. Participants' 'overall quality' and 'comprehensiveness' scores were comparable to mental health professionals from a previous study who had received formal training in formulation and significantly different to mental health professionals who had not. However participant formulations appeared to lack the depth of mental health professionals and further investigations are recommended. The findings are also discussed in terms of how this information can be used within clinical practice and the wider implications regarding lay psychological mindedness. 0809, RES, UofL: 08127478, UofN: 4092609, Thesis_resubmission 1
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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