Kathrine Grovn Nissen forsvarer sin ph.d.-afhandling ved Institut for Psykologi – Københavns Universitet

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Kathrine Grovn Nissen forsvarer sin ph.d.-afhandling ved Institut for Psykologi

Kandidat

Kathrine Grovn Nissen

Titel

Vi er sammen om døden. Relationelle aspekter af psykologisk belastning, psykosocial funktion og psykosociale interventioner i en population af alvorligt syge kræftpatienter og deres pårørende". Afhandlingen fremlægges til gennemsyn på Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultetsbibliotek, Gothersgade 140, 1353 København K.

Tid og sted

Tirsdag den 30. maj kl. 13.00 2017. Københavns Universitet, Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultetsbibliotek, Audit. 1, Gothersgade 140, 1353 København K. Af hensyn til kandidaten lukkes dørene præcist..        

Bedømmelsesudvalg

  • Lektor, Helmer Bøving Larsen, Institut for Psykologi, Københavns Universitet (formand)
  • Professor MSO Helle Timm, Syddansk Universitet, Danmark
  • Første Amanuensis, Inger Utne, Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus, Norge.

Resumé

This PhD study investigates relational aspects of psychological distress, psychosocial functioning, and psychosocial interventions in relation to advanced cancer patients and their caregivers. Through analysis of the association between self-rated attachment, family types and psychological distress and psychosocial function the study shows how higher levels of self-rated insecure attachment, together with higher levels of dysfunctional family types, are significantly associated with higher levels of psychological distress and lower levels of psychosocial functioning. Analysis of a therapeutic course shows that age-mismatch between a young psychologist and an elderly cancer caregiver causes a rupture to the therapeutic alliance. However, existential-phenomenological method enables the therapist for overcoming age-related challenges to the alliance. Clinicians’ awareness of attachment style and family type may serve as an important clinical insight to improving treatment outcome in oncology and palliative care settings. Furthermore, it may be important to be aware of how, among young clinicians dealing with death experience, age influences the therapeutic alliance. Research is needed that validate attachment- and family-related measures in large scale studies in Denmark. Furthermore, research is needed that explores whether age-mismatch represents a general barrier to the therapeutic alliance.