How do clinicians adapt cognitive analytic therapy to work with adults with avoidant and anxious attachment styles? A qualitative study

Quann, Rhiannon (2016) How do clinicians adapt cognitive analytic therapy to work with adults with avoidant and anxious attachment styles? A qualitative study. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

This is a qualitative investigation of how experienced clinicians adapt Cognitive Analytic
Therapy (CAT) to work more effectively with clients who demonstrate avoidant or anxious
attachment styles. Clinical vignettes were devised and validated to conceptualise the attachment
styles and these were used as prompts in interviews exploring what therapy adaptations were made.
An inductive Thematic Analysis was used as the method of qualitative analysis to examine
the themes that emerged. The following themes came from the data: Creating achievable
interpersonal and intrapersonal therapeutic goals, Achieving optimum affect for therapeutic work,
Achieving optimum relational distance for therapeutic work and Focusing on anticipating and
resolving ruptures. These themes are discussed with theoretical and clinical implications in mind as
well as an evaluation of study methodology.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Jackie Webb
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 09:09
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 09:09
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60985
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