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Helping Relationships and Time: Inside the Black Box of the Working Alliance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Socialpsykiatriska seminariet)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Socialpsykiatriska seminariet)
2012 (English)In: American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, ISSN 1548-7768, E-ISSN 1548-7776, Vol. 15, no 3, 239-254 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research has shown the importance of the relationship between professionals and users for the outcome of interventions in psychiatry. The aim of this study is to analyze time as one factor in the development of working alliances. Fifty-eight persons in recovery from diagnosis of severe mental illness were interviewed about helping factors in their recovery process. Two aspects of time were considered to be of importance for the construction of working alliances: the quantity of time, that is, getting more time than expected during, between, and after the sessions; and the quality of time, that is, having undisturbed and focused time, the experience of being in the professional thoughts between the sessions and timing in one’s life. Those experiences give the person a sense of being a real-life person and not an abstract patient, and this lays the groundwork for establishing a working alliance. The management of time is an important factor in the creation of a working alliance and should be given greater attention in the development of experienceand evidence-based practice.

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2012. Vol. 15, no 3, 239-254 p.
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Common factors, recovery, severe mental illness, time, working alliance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84152DOI: 10.1080/15487768.2012.703544OAI: diva2:578639
Available from: 2012-12-18 Created: 2012-12-18 Last updated: 2013-01-18Bibliographically approved

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