A Web-based Psychoeducation Program for People with Pathological Dissociation: Development and Pilot Testing

Hong Wang Fung, Chitat Chan, Colin A. Ross

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Abstract

Purpose: Although people with pathological dissociation (PD) can benefit from specific interventions, there are challenges in providing suitable interventions for them in the field (e.g., high cost, lack of specialized services, stigma). Many people with PD cannot receive dissociation-focused services in their current service locations. It is important to develop easily-accessible interventions that can support people with PD, especially for those who cannot access dissociation-specific treatment. The authors developed a web-based psychoeducation program to support people with PD, and examined its feasibility and acceptability.

Method: A single-group pretest-posttest pilot study was conducted.

Results: Findings showed that most of the intended psychosocial outcomes were achieved as planned, which initially proved the feasibility and acceptability of the program.

Discussion: This is one of the first studies that report the use of web-based interventions to support people with PD, especially those who are in the early stages of recovery. The findings suggest that information and communication technology can contribute to different aspects of clinical practice, including recruitment, engagement, assessment and interventions. Further discussion and research are required.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-442
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Social Work
Volume17
Issue number4
Early online date29 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2020

User-Defined Keywords

  • Pathological dissociation
  • dissociative disorders
  • post-traumatic symptoms
  • web-based psychoeducation
  • mental health
  • online methods

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