Evaluation of a non-diagnostic ‘Psychology of Emotions’ group intervention within a UK youth IAPT service: a mixed-methods approach

Howells, Lawrence, Rose, Alice, Gee, Brioney, Clarke, Tim, Carroll, Ben, Harbrow, Sam, Oliver, Clio and Wilson, Jon (2020) Evaluation of a non-diagnostic ‘Psychology of Emotions’ group intervention within a UK youth IAPT service: a mixed-methods approach. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 48 (2). pp. 129-141. ISSN 1352-4658

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Abstract

Background : A novel CBT-based intervention, tailored for young people, was developed in response to concerns about traditional diagnostically based approaches. Psychology of Emotions workshops use a normative approach to emotional difficulty instead of a diagnostic framework. Aims : To evaluate the acceptability and efficacy of Psychology of Emotions workshops within an IAPT service for young people aged 16–25 years. Method : This was a mixed-methods study, evaluating routinely collected self-report measures of depression and anxiety, and qualitative feedback forms. The main outcomes were rates of attendance, change in symptom severity, and participant views of the intervention. Results : From January to September 2016, 595 young people were invited to attend the Psychology of Emotions workshops, of whom 350 (58.8%) attended at least one session. Young people who attended all six sessions (8.1%) experienced significant reductions in self-reported anxiety (d = .72) and depression (d = .58) and 35.5% were classified as recovered at completion. Those who attended at least two sessions (41.3%) reported smaller but significant improvements in anxiety (d = .42) and depression (d = .45); 22.0% were classified as recovered at the last session attended. Participants provided largely positive feedback about the intervention. Conclusion : Psychology of Emotions is a promising treatment option, delivered outside of a diagnostic framework, for young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties seen within IAPT services. Better understanding reasons for non-attendance might enable the intervention to be made accessible to more young people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescents,mental health,psycho-education,trans-diagnostic,youth,depression,generalized anxiety disorder,patient health questionnaire,efficacy,mental-health,cognitive-behavioral therapy,adolescents,young-people,validity,clinical psychology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3203
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2020 23:54
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/71607
DOI: 10.1017/S1352465819000407

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