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Using questions in cognitive therapy with people with intellectual disabilities

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number4
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)499-503
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date3/12/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Background: There is increasing interest in the provision of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to people with intellectual disabilities. A small number of studies have begun to address therapy process issues. Aims: The aim of this paper is to contribute to process research through the development of a taxonomy of question types for use in analysing therapy interactions in CBT for people with intellectual disabilities. Method: A taxonomy of CBT question types was adapted and applied to the transcriptions of session 4 and 9 of 15 CBT therapy dyads. Results: The taxonomy was reliably applied to the data. Therapists used significantly more questions in session 4 than in session 9, therapists used fewer questions in the final quarter of all sessions, and therapists used more questions with people with higher IQ scores in session 4 but not in session 9. Conclusions: The taxonomy of questions is reliable and may be used in future studies of CBT therapy process with people with intellectual disabilities.