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Supporting children and young people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in schools: the role of the Educational Psychologist

Pearce, Rebecca 2021. Supporting children and young people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in schools: the role of the Educational Psychologist. DEdPsy Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This document is divided into three sections. Part A is a detailed literature review which explores the relevant research into identifying ways that Educational Psychologists (EPs) could support schools working with children and young people (CYP) with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This literature review starts by discussing recent legislation in relation to mental health in the UK. It then describes OCD and the key theories behind OCD. This is followed by a description of current treatment options for CYP with OCD and the current research available that looks at the different systems in the CYP’s life in relation to OCD. Then a more in-depth critique is taken on the existing research that investigates the EP role with OCD. Finally, the rationale for the current study is explained and followed by the research questions. Part B is the empirical study, which will explore the role of the EP working with schools to support CYP with OCD and how secondary school SENCos/ALNCos would like to be supported by EPs when working with these CYP. A summary of the relevant literature is discussed, followed by details of the methodology and procedure for the current study. Six EPs and six SENCos/ALNCos took part in virtual semi-structured interviews and the data was analysed using thematic analysis (TA). The main themes and subthemes from both participant groups are presented in the results section. The findings are then discussed in relation to the research questions in the discussion section along with the relevance to previous literature and psychological theory. Finally, the implications for EP practice and the strengths and weaknesses of the study are discussed. Part C is the critical appraisal, which will provide an evaluation of the current study and will give a reflexive account of the research process and the decisions that were made. This section will consider the research position taken, methods, participants and recruitment, data analysis and the contribution to knowledge and the dissemination of the results.

Item Type: Thesis (DEdPsy)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 July 2021
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2024 02:22

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