School counselling based on humanistic principles: A pilot randomized controlled trial in Hong Kong

Mark Gregory HARRISON, Zhenlin WANG

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Abstract

This study assessed the feasibility of conducting a randomized controlled trial on a humanistic counselling intervention and obtained indications of its effectiveness. Thirty-three participants were assigned to either a treatment or a control group. Outcome measures were the Young Person's Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation (YP-CORE) and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). Reductions in psychological distress were found in the treatment group compared to the control group on the YP-CORE, the SDQ total difficulty score, and the SDQ emotional symptoms subscale. At three-month follow-up, the intervention effects were sustained in the YP-CORE and SDQ hyperactivity subscale. The study suggests that a fully powered trial is feasible, and that the intervention is effective in reducing psychological distress in Chinese adolescents. Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Early online dateJun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2020

Citation

Harrison, M. G., & Wang, Z. (2020). School counselling based on humanistic principles: A pilot randomized controlled trial in Hong Kong. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/21507686.2020.1781667

Keywords

  • School-based counselling
  • Humanistic
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Hong Kong
  • PG student publication

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