ERIC Number: EJ1180361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
'Finding the Person You Really Are … on the Inside': Compassion Focused Therapy for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Clapton, Neil E.; Williams, Jonathan; Griffith, Gemma M.; Jones, Robert S. P.
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, v22 n2 p135-153 Jun 2018
This study utilized a mixed methods approach to examine the feasibility and acceptability of group compassion focused therapy for adults with intellectual disabilities (CFT-ID). Six participants with mild ID participated in six sessions of group CFT, specifically adapted for adults with ID. Session-by-session feasibility and acceptability measures suggested that participants understood the group content and process and experienced group sessions and experiential practices as helpful and enjoyable. Thematic analysis of focus groups identified three themes relating to (1) direct experiences of the group, (2) initial difficulties in being self-compassionate and (3) positive emotional changes. Pre- and post-group outcome measures indicated significant reductions in both self-criticism and unfavourable social comparisons. Results suggest that CFT can be adapted for individuals with ID and provide preliminary evidence that people with ID and psychological difficulties may experience a number of benefits from this group intervention.
Descriptors: Adults, Altruism, Mixed Methods Research, Group Therapy, Group Dynamics, Mild Intellectual Disability, Focus Groups, Participant Satisfaction, Phenomenology, Barriers, Emotional Adjustment, Pretests Posttests, Outcome Measures, Feasibility Studies, Semi Structured Interviews, Self Concept Measures, Rating Scales, Intervention, Attendance, Feedback (Response), Metacognition, Social Cognition, Foreign Countries
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