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Title: The application of repertory grids to assess clinical change in forensic psychiatric patients attending for anger group therapy
Author: Thomson, Pauline
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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In evaluating therapeutic interventions with forensic populations, standard psychometric assessments have often been found to be inconsistent with clinical observations relating to clients' problems or failed to reflect perceived changes in them as a result of treatment. The Repertory Grid Technique is an alternative method, derived from Personal Construct Theory, which instead has been used to explore the idiographic way in which offenders construe their world. However there has been little examination of its use with mentally disordered offenders, particularly in relation to treatment outcome. The present study investigates the use of Repertory Grids to assess clinical change with eight forensic psychiatric patients attending for anger group therapy at a high security hospital. The relationship between data obtained from Repertory Grids and from standard psychometric assessments is examined, and the utility of Repertory Grids in exploring clinical change is discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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