A Narrative Evaluation of a Psychoeducation and a Therapeutic Alliance Intervention for Parents of Persons with a Severe Mental Illness

Itamar Levy-Frank, Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon, Shlomo Kravetz, David Roe

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Abstract

Most attempts to study the impact of psychosocial interventions on parents of persons with severe mental illness (SMI) are quantitative. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the subjective experience of parents of persons with SMI who participated in either a psychoeducational intervention which emphasized providing information on the illness and support, or a therapeutic alliance focused intervention (TAFI) which emphasized the alliance between the group members and group leaders. Ninety-three parents, who participated in either one of these two interventions, were interviewed using the Narrative Evaluation of Intervention Interview. Results show that participants found both interventions to be beneficial with no statistical differences in the level of perceived change. Themes describing change in relating to illness were significantly more frequently mentioned by participants in the TAFI group, whereas significantly more participants in the family psychoeducation interventions reported that implementation and information provided contributed to positive change. Also participants in the TAFI reported significantly more often that group regulation contributed to change. As both interventions were perceived as contributing, the findings support the relationship orientation to psychosocial interventions, which stresses the quality of the social support and interpersonal interaction as the source of positive outcomes of intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-280
Number of pages16
JournalFamily Process
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Intervenciones
  • Narrativa
  • Padres
  • Psicoterapia
  • Trastorno mental

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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