Therapists' understandings and experiences of working with clients with problems of addiction: a pilot study using Q methodology.

Shinebourne, Pnina and Adams, Martin (2007) Therapists' understandings and experiences of working with clients with problems of addiction: a pilot study using Q methodology. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: linking research with practice, 7 (4). pp. 211-219. ISSN 1473-3145

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Abstract

This pilot study aims to increase our understanding of therapists' subjective attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of working with clients with problems of addiction. The study yielded useful clarifications, arising from the finding that opinions about the nature of addiction support different approaches to therapy. In addition, it seems that diverse or conflicting attitudes and beliefs are likely to impact on the ability of therapists to work together effectively. Another objective was to test the feasibility of using Q methodology in this study and more broadly in qualitative research in psychotherapy. Participants were 13 therapists from a variety of backgrounds and working in a range of agencies. Using Q methodology, four distinctive factors were identified, indicating divergent understandings of addiction. Each factor is shown to be a multifaceted construct which does not correspond to any single theory or therapeutic orientation. It is suggested that the results have significant implications for therapists' training and supervision. In addition, this study demonstrates the capacity of Q methodology to identify commonalities and diversity in viewpoints which do not conform to a priori conceptualisations. As a pilot study, this paper invites further discussion and research.

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This paper presented in British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy 13th Annual Research conference, 11-12 May 2007, York St John University.

Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Health & Education
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