Evaluation of long-term counselling at a community health service for women who are on a low income

Payne, Nicola and Ciclitira, Karen and Starr, Fiona and Marzano, Lisa and Brunswick, Nicola (2014) Evaluation of long-term counselling at a community health service for women who are on a low income. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research . ISSN 1473-3145

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Abstract

Aims: Given the lack of research evaluating long-term counselling, coupled with the lack of women-only counselling services, the present study evaluated the long-term counselling service offered by a women-only community health centre. Method: The research ascertained: (1) the characteristics of 155 service users pre-counselling, (2) the views and experiences of 75 service users post-counselling, and (3) pre–post-counselling clinical change in 98 service users via the Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation - Outcome Measure (CORE-OM). Results: Unemployment, low income and reports of abuse were related to poorer mental health as measured by the CORE-OM. Content analysis of open-ended questions revealed that women felt supported, comfortable and gained insight through the counselling relationship. They also reported positive changes in their lives, relationships, health behaviours, and psychological wellbeing. Post-counselling improvements were found in CORE-OM scores. Conclusions: Long-term counselling in a women-only environment for socially disempowered women may be beneficial. A research-informed approach to counselling and therapy evaluation, which acknowledges the social context of psychological distress, should be taken across institutions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online publication date = 5 Feb 2014. No vol/issue data.
Keywords (uncontrolled): abuse, CORE-OM, long-term counselling, low income, women
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
Item ID: 12965
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Depositing User: Nicola Brunswick
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2014 14:39
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:29
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12965

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