• Sarah Kristine Ormstrup
4. term, Psychology, Master (Master Programme)
The aim of this project is to research “what pros and cons do parents of children in therapy experience by being included in the therapy themselves”. The aim is to acquire a deeper understanding of the parent's experiences and understanding, if there are things about the setup, which could be improved. The method used is a directed qualitative content analysis, in which one uses earlier theories and papers and uses them to guide their own paper. In this paper, different studies were used to understand what earlier theories concluded about the subject. These were sorted by themes. The three dominant themes that emerged were: The benefits the parents experienced from being included, the factors that affected these benefits and the challenges the parents experienced. The themes were used to guide the interviews with the parents in this study. This project includes three mothers, whose children all attended a local CoolKids intervention along with their parents. CoolKids is a program meant to help children with anxiety. The program is based on cognitive behavior therapy. The mothers were interviewed about how they experienced the intervention, specifically the pros and cons they experienced. My study found that parents experienced a better understanding of their children, they changed some of their own ways of acting around their children and they felt less guilty about their children's anxiety. The most important factor experienced in the program was the group itself. All parents felt that the group helped them, made them feel better about themselves, and made them stop feeling guilty about their children’s anxiety. The parents also praised the cognitive and behavioral techniques they learned through the program. The cons the parents experienced in this study was that the parents felt they could have used the group even more if it had been facilitated better. Many of the pros founds in this study are similar to the findings from the theory. The cons did not match the ones found in the theory. The parents did not have any problems with their therapist, they did not have trouble working together with their children and they highly prioritized the therapy and for that reason did not experience practical restraints. This can probably be explained by the paper only including parents very motivated to help their children. Instead the parents in this study had problems with feeling that they did not get the most out of the groupwork. They wanted the group to work better from the beginning instead of towards the end. The new discoveries found in this study is the responsibility the parents felt to help their children. The parents felt it would have been too much responsibility for the children to deal with their anxiety themselves. Where parents in the earlier theories would rather that the therapist should help the children, the parents in this study wanted to be included. The parents also wanted the alone time in the parent group to be more focused, so that they could use the group even more to benefit more from the group. I conclude that changes that could be made in the future to parents in therapy, is to make sure that the time they spend becomes facilitated and focused, so that the parents feel they get the most out of the therapy. By spending more time in the beginning to explain and build a relationship, the parents would feel more secure, there would not be any misunderstandings about roles in therapy and the group would most likely be better at working together from the beginning.
LanguageDanish
Publication date31 May 2017
Number of pages72
ID: 258696855