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Pragmatics of inter-professional collaborative partnerships

Kirby, Ana Maria (2000). Pragmatics of inter-professional collaborative partnerships. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City University London)


The focus throughout this thesis is on the pragmatics of interprofessional collaborative partnerships in the area of work with children and families. It comprises three sections, the first of which reviews government mandates and research outcomes, outlines essentials for inter-professional collaborative partnerships and suggests possible ways of effectively implementing these.

The research section combines an example of collaborative working between clinical psychology and health visiting in the form of a jointly planned and delivered Self-esteem Focus Programme, with an evaluation of the effects of the programme on participant's self concept and self-esteem. This programme was delivered over eight weeks, the contents of which are detailed, as is the theoretical underpinning for the programme. 80th quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis were used to evaluate the effect of the programme on the participants. A total of 45 mothers took part in the quantitative analysis, carried out by using repeated measures multivariate analysis of variance on scores obtained from the completion of the Rosenberg Self-esteem and the Pearlin and Schooler Psychological Coping Resources Questionnaires at four times during the data collection period. Eleven of this group of mothers took part in depth interviews which were analysed qualitatively to assess changes in self concept. Participants showed significant increase in self-esteem and mastery accompanied by significant decrease in self-denigration, at the 0.01 level of significance, following participation in the programme. These changes were maintained six months after completion of the programme. Qualitative analysis of the depth interviews showed an increase in feelings of self worth, self confidence and feelings of normality. Responses also reflected change in the way participants related to their children, spouses or partners, others and towards themselves.

The final section contains details of a case study requiring multiprofessional participation. This outlines how the health visiting – clinical psychology partnership was effectively conducted and the difficulties encountered on occasions when the various professionals did not share similar philosophies of collaborative partnership.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Doctoral Theses
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