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ERIC Number: EJ1284364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
A Multiple Methods Evaluation of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Group for People with Learning Disabilities and Anxiety
Giannaki, Rengina; Hewitt, Olivia
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v49 n1 p87-99 Mar 2021
Background: Existing studies show mixed results of the effectiveness of CBT for people with learning disabilities and anxiety. Method: A CBT group was run for people with learning disabilities and anxiety, who attended with a supporter. Qualitative interviews were conducted post-group and analysed using thematic analysis. Standardised questionnaires measuring anxiety, psychological distress and overall functioning were administered at pre- and post-group, and at follow-up. Results: Participants' anxiety decreased overall post-group, which remained largely at follow-up. The group and the supporters' involvement was helpful. Both supporters and participants recalled coping strategies that were presented in the group. Three out of four participants found attending a group challenging initially. The supporters seem to have specific expectations about the impact of the group. Conclusions: The results of the study are consistent with the existing, growing body of evidence which supports the use of CBT for people with learning disabilities and anxiety.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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