Metodo e partecipanti . La tecnica delle griglie di repertorio (Kelly, 1955) è stata applicata a 30 pazienti agorafobici, così da elicitare i loro costrutti personali più significativi. Come "gruppo di controllo" sono stati utilizzati altrettanti pazienti affetti da altre psicopatologie. I costrutti personali dei due gruppi di pazienti sono stati categorizzati secondo criteri ermeneutici e comparati mediante test statistici. I risultati corroborano l’ipotesi formulata: tra i pazienti agorafobici vi è una significativa prevalenza dei costrutti relativi alla semantica della libertà, mentre ciò non si rileva nel gruppo di controllo. Tali risultati e i loro limiti sono discussi sia alla luce delle possibili ricadute cliniche sia di questioni epistemologiche e metodologiche più ampie inerenti la ricerca.)" />
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Freedom and constraint. Agoraphobia dilemma
Journal Title: PSICOBIETTIVO 
Author/s: Marco Castiglioni, Laura Contino, Manuel Villegas y Besora 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 Pg. 139-153 FullText PDF:  355 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PSOB2011-001010
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This study aimed to empirically test the clinical theory, common to different psychotherapeutic approaches, that agoraphobia is psychologically linked to the semantics of freedom. The hypothesis was that personal constructs of "free-constrained" and associated meanings are predominant for people suffering from agoraphobia. Participants and method . The Repertory Grid Technique (Kelly, 1955) was carried out with 30 agoraphobic patients to elicit their personal constructs. A group of 30 patients suffering from other psychological disorder was used as a control group. Participants’ constructs were grouped into semantic categories using hermeneutic criteria and then the data compared using appropriate statistical techniques. Results. The constructs of agoraphobic group were found to be significantly more connected to the semantics of freedom than those of the control group. The empirical data seems to confirm the hypothesis. These results and their limitations are discussed in the light of their possible clinical applications and of methodological and epistemological issues raising from the study.
Keywords: Agoraphobia; Psychopathology; Meaning; "Free-Constrained" Semantics; Personal Constructs; Repertory Grid Technique

Marco Castiglioni, Laura Contino, Manuel Villegas y Besora, Freedom and constraint. Agoraphobia dilemma in "PSICOBIETTIVO" 1/2011, pp. 139-153, DOI:10.3280/PSOB2011-001010

   

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