The SAINT: a guided self-help intervention for people with intellectual disabilities
Chaplin, E, Craig, T, McCarthy, J and Bouras, N (2017). The SAINT: a guided self-help intervention for people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
|Chaplin, E, Craig, T, McCarthy, J and Bouras, N
Introduction This paper introduces the SAINT (Self-Assessment and INTervention) a guided self-help intervention for the treatment of mild depression in people with intellectual disabilities Method The study used a single case experimental design and adopted quality frameworks specific to the approach to describe the participants and to standardise the study. The aim was to examine the acceptability and effectiveness of the SAINT on reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Semi structured interviews were conducted to record user experiences and were using a framework analysis approach. Attendance at sessions was also monitored. Results Nine people receiving guided self-help using the SAINT demonstrated a decrease in symptoms for both intervention phases for either depression or anxiety, with four showing a decrease in mean symptom scores in both intervention phases for both depression and anxiety. Those with a history of affective disorders and those with moderate intellectual disabilities showed improved symptom scores during both intervention phases. Summary and Conclusion The idea that the SAINT can be feasibly implemented in routine clinical practice was broadly supported with the positive outcomes relating to symptom reduction and acceptability. From the feedback received the SAINT is tolerated well by participants and viewed positively by those using it and those who have supported people in its use.
|Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities
|Taylor & Francis
|21 Feb 2017
|Publication process dates
|31 Jan 2017
|10 Jan 2017
|Accepted author manuscript
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