“My voices are just part of me, they don’t own me”: a qualitative investigation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy groups for people experiencing psychosis

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Bloy, Sally, Morris, E., Johns, Louise C., Cooke, Anne and Oliver, Joseph E. 2021. “My voices are just part of me, they don’t own me”: a qualitative investigation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy groups for people experiencing psychosis. Psychosis. 13 (3), pp. 195-208. https://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2020.1870542
AuthorsBloy, Sally, Morris, E., Johns, Louise C., Cooke, Anne and Oliver, Joseph E.
Abstract

Background: This study aimed to generate a grounded theory of change processes as experienced by people with psychosis who engaged in an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group program. A secondary aim was to identify how participants described changes in their relationship to distress following the groups.

Methods: The study used a qualitative research methodology, grounded theory. This was used to explore emergent themes in the participants’ subjective experiences of group ACT delivered in community mental health services. The experience of the ACT group process was investigated for nine participants. Semi-structured interviews were used to explore how the group experience and the exercises, metaphors and skills promoted by ACT were used by participants in their daily lives.

Results: There were four main themes emerging from the interviews: awareness, relating differently, reconnection with life, leaning on others.

Conclusions: The participants all described experiencing subjective benefits from being involved in the ACT groups, along with perspectives on processes of change. These reports of changes were consistent with the model and extend our understanding of the lived experience of engaging in ACT for psychosis groups

KeywordsPsychiatry and Mental health
Year2021
JournalPsychosis
Journal citation13 (3), pp. 195-208
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1752-2439
1752-2447
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2020.1870542
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2020.1870542
FunderGuy’s & St Thomas’ Charity
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Online25 Jan 2021
Print03 Jul 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted23 Dec 2020
Deposited03 Jun 2021
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