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TA treatment of depression: A hermeneutic single-case efficacy design study - case two: 'Denise'

Widdowson, MDJ 2012, 'TA treatment of depression: A hermeneutic single-case efficacy design study - case two: 'Denise'' , International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research, 3 (2) , pp. 3-14.

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Abstract

Hermeneutic Single-Case Efficacy Design (HSCED) is a systematic case study research method involving the cross-examination of mixed method data to generate both plausible arguments that the client changed due to therapy and alternative explanations. The present study uses HSCED to investigate the outcome of short-term TA psychotherapy with a woman with severe depression. The objective of the research was to investigate the effectiveness of short-term TA therapy for the treatment of depression and to explore and identify key aspects of the TA therapy process and associated factors promoting change amongst effective cases. To enhance rigour and to address potential for researcher allegiance, independent psychotherapy researchers have adjudicated the case and offer a verdict on outcome. The conclusion of the adjudicators is that the client changed substantially, and that these changes were substantially due to the effects of therapy. Additional rigour was introduced into the HSCED approach for this 2nd case through the use of a more stringent classification of change, an increased reliable change index score, a higher standard of proof, the use of two teams to develop the affirmative and sceptic cases, and the addition of a third judge.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research
Publisher: IJTAR
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2218-3159
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Mark Widdowson
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2014 13:50
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:44
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/30766

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