The lived experience of parents of children with special needs in psychotherapy: A phenomenological study of the process of psychotherapy.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90346
Title:
The lived experience of parents of children with special needs in psychotherapy: A phenomenological study of the process of psychotherapy.
Authors:
Sullivan, Patricia
Abstract:
This study sets out to describe ‘the lived experience of parents of children with special needs in psychotherapy’. It is a phenomenological study of the process of psychotherapy. In order to assess the need for a psychotherapy service for these parents, the researcher set up a pilot psychotherapy service within a Child Development Centre, which provided an assessment and therapy service for children with special needs between six months and three years and six months. The study was guided by philosophical phenomenology and followed Giorgi’s method of research. A total of four participants were included in this study. This was a response rate of 19% during an eight week period. The results demonstrated that the lived experience of psychotherapy for these parents reflected an increased degree of suffering due to their difficulties with expressing uncomfortable and often disturbing feelings. This often results in the use of denial as a coping mechanism. However, this generates further emotional problems. It enhances the experience of isolation already engendered by these parents. Supportive psychotherapy provides a place to explore this pain and facilitates relief from suffering alone. Parents expressed intimate feelings of vulnerability. The experience of having a child with special needs left parents feeling isolated and lacking in support. The study also demonstrated the process of change in psychotherapy. The author concludes that there is a need for a psychotherapy service within Child Development Centres.
Issue Date:
2000
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90346
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorSullivan, Patriciaen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T10:49:36Z-
dc.date.available2010-01-22T10:49:36Z-
dc.date.issued2000-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90346-
dc.description.abstractThis study sets out to describe ‘the lived experience of parents of children with special needs in psychotherapy’. It is a phenomenological study of the process of psychotherapy. In order to assess the need for a psychotherapy service for these parents, the researcher set up a pilot psychotherapy service within a Child Development Centre, which provided an assessment and therapy service for children with special needs between six months and three years and six months. The study was guided by philosophical phenomenology and followed Giorgi’s method of research. A total of four participants were included in this study. This was a response rate of 19% during an eight week period. The results demonstrated that the lived experience of psychotherapy for these parents reflected an increased degree of suffering due to their difficulties with expressing uncomfortable and often disturbing feelings. This often results in the use of denial as a coping mechanism. However, this generates further emotional problems. It enhances the experience of isolation already engendered by these parents. Supportive psychotherapy provides a place to explore this pain and facilitates relief from suffering alone. Parents expressed intimate feelings of vulnerability. The experience of having a child with special needs left parents feeling isolated and lacking in support. The study also demonstrated the process of change in psychotherapy. The author concludes that there is a need for a psychotherapy service within Child Development Centres.en
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dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.subjectSpecial Needsen
dc.subjectParentsen
dc.subjectGiorgien
dc.subjectPhenomenologyen
dc.titleThe lived experience of parents of children with special needs in psychotherapy: A phenomenological study of the process of psychotherapy.en
dc.typeThesisen
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