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Informed Consent and Psychotherapy : An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Therapists’ Views.

Goddard, Angela and Murray, Craig and Simpson, Jane (2008) Informed Consent and Psychotherapy : An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Therapists’ Views. Psychology and Psychotherapy : Theory, Research and Practice, 81 (2). pp. 177-191. ISSN 1476-0835

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    Abstract

    Objectives: To examine the issue of informed consent and how this is translated into clinical psychotherapy practice. Design: A qualitative approach was taken in which interviews were used to produce data. Methods: Nine clinical psychologists with specialist psychodynamic training took part in the research. Participants were interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule. The interviews were transcribed and the data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Results: The tensions between balancing the requirements of informed consent with psychodynamic practice were explored and the notion of whether clients can truly be ‘informed’ prior to undertaking psychodynamic therapy was raised. Four major themes emerged from the data: ‘Psychodynamic therapy as risky’; ‘Balancing expectations between therapist and client’; ‘Psychodynamic therapy as unique and experiential’; and ‘Informed consent as complex: a linguistic conceit?’ Conclusions: This research has been valuable in identifying therapists’ views and experiences of how the issue of informed consent is addressed in therapeutic practice. In light of the findings of this research, future investigation would benefit from more detailed examination of the process of providing informed consent, examining if, and how often, consent issues are revisited by therapists. More research focusing on the views and need of clients are also warranted.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Psychology and Psychotherapy : Theory, Research and Practice
    Additional Information: PG Intake 2002
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
    ID Code: 26066
    Deposited By: Dr Craig Murray
    Deposited On: 16 Mar 2009 09:47
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:28
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26066

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