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    ‘Just like talking to someone about like shit in your life and stuff, and they help you’: hopes and expectations for therapy among depressed adolescents

    Midgley, N. and Holmes, J. and Parkinson, S. and Stapley, E. and Eatough, Virginia and Target, M. (2016) ‘Just like talking to someone about like shit in your life and stuff, and they help you’: hopes and expectations for therapy among depressed adolescents. Psychotherapy Research 26 (1), pp. 11-21. ISSN 1050-3307.

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    Abstract

    Objective: To explore hopes and expectations for therapy among a clinical population of depressed adolescents. Method: As part of a randomised clinical trial, 77 adolescents aged 11 to 17, with moderate to severe depression, were interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule. The interviews were analysed qualitatively, using Framework Analysis. Results: The findings are reported around five themes: “The difficulty of imagining what will happen in therapy”, "the 'talking cure'"; “the therapist as doctor”, “therapy as a relationship” and “regaining the old self or developing new capacities”. Conclusions: Differing expectations are likely to have implications for the way young people engage with treatment, and failure to identify these expectations may lead to a risk of treatment breakdown.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Adolescence, depression, expectations of therapy, expectancies, psychotherapy, role/outcome
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Virginia Eatough
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2014 13:13
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 15:27
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10862

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