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Quantitative and qualitative outcomes of transactional analysis psychotherapy with male armed forces veterans in the UK presenting with post-Traumatic stress disorder

Harford, D and Widdowson, MDJ 2014, 'Quantitative and qualitative outcomes of transactional analysis psychotherapy with male armed forces veterans in the UK presenting with post-Traumatic stress disorder' , International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research, 5 (2) , pp. 35-65.

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Abstract

This paper presents findings from a two-year research project conducted within a live-in residential charity setting in the UK, examining clinical outcomes of TA psychotherapy among 15 male armed forces veterans presenting with severe PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and other comorbid disorders. Outcomes were measured for short-term (24 sessions) and long-term (52 sessions) transactional analysis (TA) treatment using the quantitative CORE-OM (Evans, Mellor-Clark, Margison, Barkham, McGrath, Connell & Audin, 2000), PHQ-9 (Kroenke, Spitzer & Williams, 2001) and GAD-7 (Spitzer, Kroenke, Williams & Löwe, 2006) questionnaires and the qualitative Change Interview (Elliott, Slatick, & Urman, 2001, as cited in Frommer & Rennie, 2001). Quantitative findings show that positive Reliable Change on global distress, depression and anxiety has taken place within both the short-term and long-term treatment groups with some clients achieving Clinically Significant Change on these measures. Qualitative findings arising from thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006) indicate that a broad spectrum of therapist factors and psychotherapy process factors within the TA therapy delivered were beneficial for this particular client group. The negative influence of a number of psychosocial factors on the veterans' well-being is also discussed based on numerical data and interview responses. Overall, these results suggest that TA psychotherapy can be effective in the treatment of PTSD among combat veterans.

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: the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA)
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2218-3159
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Mark Widdowson
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 15:03
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:42
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/32035

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