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The effect of integrative counselling on psychological well-being in adult patients with cancer: A mixed methods study

The effect of integrative counselling on psychological well-being in adult patients with cancer: A mixed methods study

Kiley-Morgan, Judith, Thompson, Trevor ORCID: 0000-0001-9880-782X, Shravat, Aneesh and Punt, Lisa (2021) The effect of integrative counselling on psychological well-being in adult patients with cancer: A mixed methods study. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0951-5070 (Print), 1469-3674 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2021.1895077)

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Abstract

Objectives:
This study aimed to (1) investigate the effectiveness of short-term integrative counselling on the psychological well-being of adult patients with cancer and (2) explore their reported experience of receiving integrative counselling. Design: A mixed-methods embedded design was used to compare psychological well-being in two groups of patients with cancer; one group (n = 15) received 6–9 weekly, hour-long sessions of integrative counselling, and the other group (n = 16) were on the wait list.

Methods:
Pre and post-intervention symptoms of anxiety, symptoms of depression and levels of self-esteem were measured using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. The counselling group also answered an open-ended qualitative question with the posttest measures about changes they experienced through having had counselling.

Results:
In the counselling group, there were substantial and statistically significant improvements in symptoms of anxiety, symptoms of depression, and levels of self-esteem. No significant changes were observed in the wait list group. Three themes of change experienced through counselling were identified in the qualitative data: Acceptance, Self-Awareness, and Moving Forward.

Conclusion:
Short-term integrative counselling is an effective therapeutic intervention for improving psychological well-being in adult patients with cancer.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anxiety; Cancer; Depression; Integrative Counselling; Mixed Methods; Self-Esteem
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Chronic Illness and Ageing
Last Modified: 17 May 2021 11:40
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/31657

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