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A Task Analysis of Therapeutic Engagement in a Professionally Facilitated Online Intervention for Young Couples Affected By Breast Cancer

A Task Analysis of Therapeutic Engagement in a Professionally Facilitated Online Intervention for Young Couples Affected By Breast Cancer

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Title: A Task Analysis of Therapeutic Engagement in a Professionally Facilitated Online Intervention for Young Couples Affected By Breast Cancer
Author: Roumenova Ianakieva, Iana
Abstract: Engagement in online intervention, defined as the extent to which participants are involved in and attentive to the contents of the intervention, has been shown to predict treatment outcome. Because professional facilitation has been shown to increase intervention participation and effectiveness, the therapeutic alliance that develops between facilitators and participants might be one factor that influences engagement. Thus, in this study a modified task analysis was conducted in order to examine how facilitators develop a therapeutic alliance with participants to increase engagement in an online intervention for couples affected by breast cancer, called Couplelinks. Our findings suggest that engagement promotion involves three meta-processes, designated as ‘friendly and positive yet firm approach,’ ‘inclusive empathic attitude,’ and ‘humanizing the technology,’ as well as various behavioural facilitator interventions. In the process of measuring engagement, we also found that couples could be separated into ‘engagement-types.’ Implications, limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Subject: Clinical psychology
Keywords: breast cancer
online couple intervention
online intervention engagement
task analysis
facilitated intervention
dyadic coping
therapeutic alliance
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/30677
Supervisor: Fergus, Karen D.
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Psychology (Functional Area: Clinical Psychology)
Exam date: 2015-06-29
Publish on: 2015-12-16

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