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The correlation between specific therapeutic behaviours of counsellors in email support and an increase in well-being and self-compassion after participating in a multi-component positive psychology intervention

Pohle, D. (2017) The correlation between specific therapeutic behaviours of counsellors in email support and an increase in well-being and self-compassion after participating in a multi-component positive psychology intervention.

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Abstract:The current study content-analysed the specific therapist behaviours of personal counsellors giving email support in a multi-component positive psychology intervention designed as a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) by Schotanus-Dijkstra, Drossaert, Pieterse, Walburg and Bohlmeijer (2015). Furthermore, the relationships between the therapist behaviours and the participant’s increases in both well-being and self-compassion were examined. It was expected to find a mediation effect of an increase in self-compassion on the relation between these behaviours and an increase in well-being. 506 emails of 6 personal counsellors that were in contact with 70 participants were content-analysed and 12 different therapist behaviours were found. Then, these behaviours were correlated to the participants’ increases in both well-being and self-compassion and a mediation analysis was conducted. The results showed that (1) no significant correlation was found between the therapist behaviours and an increase in well-being, (2) one significant correlation was found between ‘alliance bolstering’ and an increase in self-compassion, (3) the correlation between an increase in well-being and self-compassion is strong and significant, and (4) mediation effects of an increase in self-compassion were found for the effects of ‘alliance bolstering’ and ‘reminder email’ on an increase in well-being. Therefore, it is to conclude that the majority of the therapist behaviours had no effects on the participants’ increases in well-being and self-compassion, but rather on their adherence to the intervention.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72515
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