Successful psychotherapy for psychogenic seizures in men

Quinn, Maria Clare, Schofield, Margot J. and Middleton, Warwick (2012) Successful psychotherapy for psychogenic seizures in men. Psychotherapy Research, 22 6: 682-698. doi:10.1080/10503307.2012.704085

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Author Quinn, Maria Clare
Schofield, Margot J.
Middleton, Warwick
Title Successful psychotherapy for psychogenic seizures in men
Journal name Psychotherapy Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1050-3307
Publication date 2012-11
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10503307.2012.704085
Volume 22
Issue 6
Start page 682
End page 698
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This qualitative study examined factors contributing to the development and successful treatment of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES), in civilian men. In-depth interviews were conducted with therapist-client dyads comprising two male clients who had been successfully treated for PNES and their therapists. A theory-building case study approach provided evidence that those factors known to contribute to PNES and other somatoform symptoms in females and in males engaged in war also contributed to these symptoms in these two civilian males. In addition, PNES in these civilian males occurred in contexts where masculine identity was developmentally curtailed and socially constrained. Successful treatments occurred in long-term therapeutic relationships that sanctioned verbal expression of strong emotion and provided the attunement necessary for development of a robust masculine identity. These findings have implications for the funding of therapy, and training of therapists.
Keyword Psychogenic seizures
Psychotherapy outcomes
Qualitative Research
Case study methodology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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