Using repertory grids to establish patients' views of psycho-education

Walker, Helen, Trenoweth, Steve, Martin, Colin and Ramm, Mark (2012) Using repertory grids to establish patients' views of psycho-education. Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy, 3 (1). ISSN 2161-0487

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Objectives: This article aims to describe the use of repertory grid to assess participant’s perception of a psychoeducation programme for psychosis, prior to and following on from attendance at an eleven week group intervention, delivered across high and medium secure forensic services in Scotland.

Design: As part of a wider randomised controlled trial, a cohort of patients (n=18) were selected to discuss their views on what might change as a result of attending the Coping With Mental Illness (CWMI) group, a psychoeducation group, designed for people who suffer from psychosis.

Methods: Group participants received 22 sessions of psycho-education. Participants were assessed using structured interviews at two time points, pre and post intervention, using repertory grids.

Results: A specialised computer programme (Gridsuite) was used to analyse data generated from the repertory grids. Principal component analysis indicated a number of factors were responsible for the change in participants’ experience of the group.

Conclusions: Conclusions suggest that repertory grid is a useful alternative to interview when exploring views of psychological interventions in a group of mentally disordered offenders. There is evidence to suggest that the intervention did prompt a change in patient perception.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.4172/2161-0487.1000108
Additional Information: © 2013 Walker H. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2014 14:43
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:42


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