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Finding confidence and inner trust as a parent: experiences of group-based compassion-focused therapy for the parents of adolescents with mental health problems
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology. Region Västra Götaland, Sweden. (Klinisk psykologi, Psykologiska institutionen)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4179-771X
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2608-6204
University of Gothenburg, Sweden;Region Västra Götaland, Sweden. (Department of Research, Region Västra Götaland)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3614-8165
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 1-9, article id 1684166Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) can alleviate the stress and challenges faced by the parents of adolescents with mental health (MH) problems. Although CFT interventions have shown promising results, few studies have examined its effectiveness in adolescent psychiatric settings. Therefore, this study examined the participant experiences of group-based CFT for the parents of adolescents with MH problems.

Methods: The reflective lifeworld research (RLR) approach was used to conduct in-depth interviews with eleven parents, focusing on participant experiences of group-based CFT. Meaning-oriented data analysis was undertaken.

Results: The essential meaning of the phenomenon of participating in group-based CFT was understood as finding confidence and inner trust as a parent, characterized by an understanding of one’s own needs, which provided parents with the confidence to support their children. The phenomenon is further explicated with its three constituents: (a) taking care of oneself and one’s child; (b) being open and sharing experiences; and (c) acceptance and hope for the future.

Conclusions: The CFT intervention enabled parents to find their agency and strengthened their relationships with their children. The findings underscore the need to acknowledge the supportive role parents play in the recovery of children who receive psychiatric care.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2019. Vol. 14, no 1, p. 1-9, article id 1684166
Keywords [en]
compassion-focused therapy, parenting, adolescent mental health, qualitative research, lifeworld research, group therapy
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Psychology
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Social Sciences, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89851DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2019.1684166ISI: 000493077300001PubMedID: 31662062OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-89851DiVA, id: diva2:1366628
Available from: 2019-10-30 Created: 2019-10-30 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved

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