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Title: An investigation into the role of patient coping style in psychological therapy
Author: Reid, Aileen
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the role of patient coping style in psychological therapy, in particular whether patient coping style was associated with therapeutic alliance and therapeutic outcome after six sessions of therapy. Method: The study was conducted in a naturalistic setting. All outpatients who opted in see a psychologist in a general adult clinical psychology department over a four month period were invited to participate. Patients who agreed to participate completed a pre-therapy questionnaire to measure their coping style. After three sessions of therapy, participants and their psychologists completed independent measures of a therapeutic alliance scale. Participants repeated the pre-therapy coping questionnaire after their sixth session of therapy and another measure (already administered pre-therapy as part of routine practice) to assess for changes in their levels of psychological distress. Results: Patients with a strong reliance on cognitive approach coping strategies were found to have formed a good therapeutic alliance with their psychologist and to have experienced a reduction in their symptoms after six sessions of therapy. Conversely, patients with a strong reliance on cognitive avoidance coping strategies were found to have formed poorer therapeutic alliances with their psychologist and to have experienced smaller reductions in their symptoms after six sessions of therapy. Further examination of the results suggested that the therapeutic alliance might be a possible mediating factor between patient coping style and therapeutic outcome after six sessions, although a statistical examination of this was not viable. Conclusions: The results suggested that aspects of patient coping style might have an important role in the formation of the therapeutic alliance and therapeutic outcome after six sessions of therapy. The methodological limitations and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.735368  DOI: Not available
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