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Compassion Focused Therapy for People with Dementia: A Feasibility Study

Craig, Catriona; (2017) Compassion Focused Therapy for People with Dementia: A Feasibility Study. Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This three-part thesis reviews the effectiveness of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and details the development and a trial of a CFT intervention for people with dementia and psychological distress. PART 1: Literature Review. A systematic literature review of 15 studies that evaluated the effectiveness CFT across clinical populations. Significant improvements in symptomatology and increased self-compassion were found following CFT, and the benefits were at least as effective as other psychological interventions, including CBT, mindfulness and treatment at usual. Further high-quality, adequately powered studies are required to assess its place as an evidence-based treatment. PART 2: Empirical Paper. A feasibility study evaluating the acceptability and impact of a CFT intervention developed for people with dementia and associated psychological distress. An adapted CFT intervention was developed to be delivered to people with dementia based on the relevant literature. A case-series of seven people with dementia was used to assess the intervention’s feasibility, and effectiveness on outcomes of self-compassion, mood, anxiety and quality of life. Improvements in self-compassion, mood and anxiety were seen. Six participants with dementia were able to engage in soothing rhythm breathing, and five were able to engage in discussion of self-criticism and developing self-compassion. Overall the intervention was experienced as helpful, and several participants and their carers described increased self-compassion in response to cognitive decline. PART 3: Critical Appraisal. A reflection and appraisal of the study, including the challenges encountered and lessons learnt.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Compassion Focused Therapy for People with Dementia: A Feasibility Study
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Compassion, Compassion Focused Therapy, Dementia
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1575749
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