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Een exploratieve studie naar de werking van en ervaringen van de levensverhaalinterventie Wie ben ik? ontwikkeld voor mensen met psychiatrische problematiek en een verstandelijke beperking

Latka, M. (2013) Een exploratieve studie naar de werking van en ervaringen van de levensverhaalinterventie Wie ben ik? ontwikkeld voor mensen met psychiatrische problematiek en een verstandelijke beperking.

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Abstract:People with psychiatric problems and a mental disability are very vulnerable and it is a big challenge for them to find the proper treatment. In institutions for people with mental disabilities they can’t get the treatment for their mental illness and in psychiatric institutions they get rejected because of their mental disability. If they get in, the treatment in psychiatric institutions are usually quite difficult to understand for them, which make the treatment not very effective. These patients are the target group this research is based on. People with mental disabilities develop four till five times more psychiatric problems than people with a average intellectual development. They also can develop the same psychiatric problems as any other person that is why they should have access to the same treatments as any other. This is, unfortunately, not always the case. There have been little research on the effects of treatment for the target group. Narrative therapy is up and coming and is used more and more in several areas in healthcare. There is also more research done on the effects of this sort of therapy. Wie ben ik? (Who am I?) is a new narrative intervention designed for people with psychiatric problems and a mental disability. This intervention is based on the principles of life review, a know narrative intervention method. The intervention Wie ben ik? has been given three times, in different groups. In total 25 patients participated in the intervention and agreed on being part of the research regarding the effects of this treatment. The participants filled in forms about their symptoms, coping, personality and the way show their symptoms (internal or external). These forms are being filled in before they started this treatment, after the treatment and three months after the treatment as an follow-up. The participants also filled in evaluations about the treatment and the way the experienced it. Out of the 25 participants, five where disqualified for this research because they didn’t fill out all the forms. Twenty participants were used in the research on the effects of this intervention. The most imported finding of this research is that the intervention had a positive effect on the symptoms they experienced. There has been a significant decline in symptoms after the treatment and this decline stabilized in the three months after ending the treatment. There were no significant different scores found between the three different interventiongroups. There were also no significant effects on their coping or personality. But there has been a slight change in the way they viewed themselves and the patients reported to feel more confident about themselves. The important conclusion is that the narrative intervention seems to be effective for patients with psychiatric problems and a intellectual disability. The length of the therapy seems to be crucial for the therapeutic effects.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/63250
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