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Lifespan Integration Efficacy: A Mixed Methods Multiple Case Study
Monica Hu (author)Janelle Kwee (thesis supervisor)Marvin McDonald (second reader)Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
Attachment theory and neurobiological research have much to say about the etiology and dynamics of psychological distress. Lifespan Integration (LI) therapy was developed by Peggy Pace (2003/2012) through years of treating adults with histories of childhood abuse and trauma. Since 2003 over one thousand clinicians have been trained in LI worldwide. Growing anecdotal reports of success call for research into LI's efficacy. A rigourous, adjudicated case study research design (Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design, HSCED, Elliott, 2001, 2002) was expanded to accommodate three cases. In addition to the question of efficacy, whether and how LI protocols would be linked with the underlying theory via support in the data was also investigated. The results indicate that each of the three participants experienced significant clinical change and that there was alignment with theory supporting the claim that LI works to foster integration and other markers associated with higher functioning and mental health.
Developmental psychology.Lifespan Integration Therapy.Attachment disorder.Neuropsychology.Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design.Pace, Peggy.