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Title: Exploring the ability of individuals with an intellectual disability to generate and use a compassionate image
Author: Brougham, Laura
ISNI:       0000 0004 6494 0675
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2018
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Background: There is a growing interest in adapting 3rd wave therapies such as Mindfulness for use with people who have Intellectual Disabilities. This study will consider the adaptation of Compassion Focused Therapy and aim to explore the ability of individuals with an intellectual disability to generate and use a compassionate image. Method: The cohort for this exploratory study consisted of nineteen people with an intellectual disability and twenty people without. Participants were recruited from colleges of further education. A technique from Compassion Focused Therapy was specifically adapted for this study to assess if individuals with intellectual disabilities could generate a compassionate image. A vignette based approach was used to help participants imagine that they were in a distressing situation, then they were encouraged to use their compassionate image to generate compassionate self-talk. Results: Participants with intellectual disabilities were able to generate their own compassionate image through the use of prompts. Furthermore, when they were asked to imagine themselves in a distressing situation they could use this image to generate compassionate self-talk as a means of self-soothing. Conclusions: This study found that individuals with intellectual disabilities were able to understand the rationale of this task and engaged meaningfully. The result warrants further studies to explore the use of Compassion Focused Therapy with this client group.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology