The question of how one may effectively build a therapeutic relationship with adolescent patients deemed to be experiencing symptomatology associated with psychotic functioning has largely evaded examination by both qualitatively and quantitatively oriented researchers. This study has attempted to discover, through semi-structured interviews with students at a residential treatment facility, whether said question may be seen to have anything approaching a useful answer. It was hypothesized that student participants would speak to a desire for those with whom they interact to understand them as persons, to behave authentically and to communicate their shared humanity. Results provided evidence that these issues and themes were included in student perceptions of human relationships, as well as indicated several other important topics related to successful and unsuccessful interactions with others. While conclusions did offer tentative insights into effectively forming bonds with severely disturbed youth, further research is necessary to determine alternative explanations for relational successes and failures.
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Clinical Psychology: Child and Adolescent Track|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Adolescent, Psychosis, Relationships, Residential, Schizophrenia, Teenager|
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