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    Building bridges to observational perspectives: a grounded theory of therapy processes in psychosis

    Dilks, S. and Tasker, Fiona and Wren, B. (2008) Building bridges to observational perspectives: a grounded theory of therapy processes in psychosis. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice 81 (2), pp. 209-229. ISSN 1476-0835.

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    Objectives: This study set out to explore therapy processes in psychosis with an initial focus on reflexivity and how this might be expressed in therapy conversations. Design: Leiman's (2000) definition of reflexivity was used as a starting-point for an exploratory investigation of the use of language as reflective activity. Grounded theory was chosen as an appropriate methodology to distil an explanatory account across the qualitative data collected. Method: Six psychologist-client pairs supplied three tapes of therapy sessions spread out across the course of therapy. Each participant was separately interviewed on two occasions to ascertain their views of therapy and of the emerging grounded theory. Results: A grounded theory was developed conceptualizing the processes and activities in psychological therapy in psychosis. Conclusions: Building bridges to observational perspectives summarizes the core process in psychological therapy in psychosis. Therapy in psychosis is understood as intimately linking the social and internal world in a dialogical process aimed at enhancing the client's functioning in the social world rather than at specifically developing the private mental experience of reflexivity or mentalizing.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of (Closed)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2011 09:57
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:52


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