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Title: Should I stay or should I go? The impact of a sense of control on young men's therapeutic engagement
Contributor(s): Doherty, Matthew Douglas (author); Conway, Jane  (author); Clark, Jane  (author); Merritt, Frankie (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1002/capr.12126
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Abstract: Background: Despite the fact that young men are difficult to engage in counselling, there is a paucity of research that examines the factors that may influence their decision making to enter, remain in or exit from therapy. One area that has remained particularly unrepresented in the literature is the role that a sense of control plays in this process. Aim/Methodology: Using a narrative approach, this study aimed to explore the stories of young men aged 18-25 and in doing so illuminated the impact of control on their counselling experiences. Findings: The study suggests that control impacts on young men's therapy-related decision-making in three distinct ways: making the decision to engage in therapy; controlling the process of therapy; and choosing who knows about the therapy. Implications: These emergent domains suggest that incorporating and discussing control with young male clients may provide the therapist with a means of increasing a young male's therapeutic engagement.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 17(3), p. 209-217
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1746-1405
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920209 Mental Health Services
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200305 Mental health services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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