McVittie-etal2020

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McVittie-etal2020
BibType ARTICLE
Key McVittie-etal2020
Author(s) Chris McVittie, Slavka Craig, Margaret Temple
Title A conversation analysis of communicative changes in a time-limited psychotherapy group for mothers with post-natal depression
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Tag(s) EMCA, In press, Group psychotherapy, Mothers, Therapeutic change, Post-natal depression
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Year 2020
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10503307.2019.1694721
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Abstract

Objective: To examine qualitatively changes occurring in discussions within a time-limited psychotherapy group for mothers with post-natal depression.

Method: Discussions occurring in a group that comprised five mothers and a therapist were recorded over the course of six one-hour therapeutic sessions. Participants had been referred or had self-referred to the group on the basis of having post-natal depression. The recorded discussions were transcribed and then analysed in accordance with principles of conversation analysis.

Results: Analysis of early and later group discussions showed changes in group members’ alignment with the topics that were introduced, in turn-allocation and turn-taking, and in the co-construction of accounts of experience. In contrast to early discussions, in later discussions participants aligned with topics relating to personal emotions, self-selected as next speakers in the discussions, and collaboratively worked up accounts that made sense of their experiences of childbirth and of being diagnosed as having post-natal depression.

Conclusions: Interactional changes over the duration of the group point to the benefits for mothers with post-natal depression of participating in a time-limited psychotherapy group. Fine-grained analysis of group discussions potentially offers a way of examining changes over time in psychotherapeutic groups more generally.

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