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Deel verdriet, vermenigvuldig geluk : onderzoek naar mogelijke baatbevorderende groepsprocessen en interacties in OVK online

Dittmann, L.M. (2015) Deel verdriet, vermenigvuldig geluk : onderzoek naar mogelijke baatbevorderende groepsprocessen en interacties in OVK online.

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Abstract:This qualitative study focuses on to the online course ‘Op verhaal komen online’ (OVK online), based on narrative therapy and life-review. OVK online attempts to decrease the symptoms of major depression, which is one of the biggest health problems in the Netherlands, and tries to increase the well-being of participants. The research question of this study is: ‘What are possible benefit-promoting processes and interactions in groups attending OVK online?’. This question is significant because there is no sufficient process research done yet in the following three aspects: life-review, group interventions and e-mental health. The benefit-promoting characteristics are identified via group analysis by using two groups out of five. The five groups each consist of four people and were chosen by a randomized control trial. The course OVK online targets adults aged 40 and older having light to moderate symptoms of depression. Furthermore OVK online allows participants to intercommunicate via online forms, which are used for analysis. To identify possible benefit-promoting processes and interactions the research method ‘Therapy change process research’ is used. This study considers the entire course process in contrast to many other studies. The analysis covers identity construction and interaction in addition to holistic content analysis. The gained benefits of the groups are evaluated by linking the process research to the outcomes of OVK online. Results indicate that the central aspects of life-review, namely coping with negative experiences and giving positive meaning, could be seen as benefit-promoting. Furthermore openness towards other participants and an empathetic and relational peer could also promote benefit. The innovative method of this study is also mostly applicable to all sorts of interventions. In summary, this study contributes process-outcome research by identifying important interactions in a life-review online group intervention.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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