School-based humanistic counseling for psychological distress in young people : pilot randomized controlled trial

Mcarthur, Katherine and Cooper, Mick and Berdondini, Lucia (2013) School-based humanistic counseling for psychological distress in young people : pilot randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy Research, 23 (3). pp. 355-365. ISSN 1050-3307

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Abstract

School-based humanistic counseling (SBHC) is a widely-delivered intervention for psychological distress in young people, particularly in the UK. This study piloted a set of procedures for evaluating SBHC and obtaining initial indications of effect. Psychologically distressed young people (aged 13 - 16) were randomized to either 12 weeks of SBHC or a waiting list control. The primary outcome was psychological distress at 12-week endpoint, as measured by the Young Person’s CORE. Those allocated to counseling (n = 16) showed significantly greater reductions in psychological distress than participants in the control group (n = 17), with an effect size (ES) (g) of 1.14 on the primary outcome and a mean ES across all four outcome measures of 0.73 at endpoint. The findings indicate that SBHC may be an effective means of reducing psychological distress in young people.

ORCID iDs

Mcarthur, Katherine ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8076-7583, Cooper, Mick and Berdondini, Lucia;