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Psychology Skills Group for Adolescents: Clinical Outcomes

The Psychology Skills Group is a psychological group therapy that aims to provide young people who are experiencing a range of mental health difficulties with new ways of coping. The group runs for 1 afternoon per week for 20 weeks and is centred on learning a mixture of skills from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and Radical Openness. Due to the small numbers in the Psychology Skills Group for Adolescents the outcome measures from when the group began in 2015 to 2017 are analysed together so that the data from these measures can provide us with meaningful feedback in relation to the effectiveness of the group.

The 3 outcome measures for this programme were the Child Behaviour Checklist is a measure which is completed by parents or caregivers to provide an indication of behavioural and emotional problems experienced by young people, the DBT Ways of Coping Checklist, measuring DBT skills use and the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale assesses emotion dysregulation.  The Dysregulation comprises of six domains: non-acceptance of emotions, inability to engage in goal directed behaviours when distressed, impulse control, emotional awareness, emotion regulation strategies, and emotional clarity.

The results across the 3 outcome measures indicate that by attending the group, young people developed an increased capacity to tolerate distress and to manage difficult emotions.

Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL)

DBT Ways of Coping Checklist (Young People)

DBT Ways of Coping Checklist (Parents)

Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS)

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