Effectiveness of solution-focused therapy and visual-kinesthetic dissociation on self-concept and adjustment of physically abused adolescents

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

Subject Categories

Counseling | Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Counseling and Educational Psychology

Thesis Adviser

Imelda V.G. Villar

Defense Panel Chair

Jose Alberto S. Reyes

Defense Panel Member

Rose Marie Salazar-Clemena
Salud P. Evangelista
Naomi R. Ruiz
Carmelita P. Pabiton


This outcome research investigates the effectiveness of Visual-Kinesthetic Dissociations (VKD) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) in improving the self-concept and adjustment of institutionalized 13-17 year-old female physically abused adolescents. It also looks into the clinical significance of therapeutic effects of the two counseling interventions based on elimination of presenting concern and adaptive functioning from the perspectives of clients and independent raters (i.e., housemother, psychologist, and social worker).This experimental study employed the idiographic (N=1) design which follows the A-B pattern (baseline treatment-follow-up) with single replications. The 6 clients were randomly assigned to treatment and control conditions, with two clients each for VKD and SFT, and two wait-list control clients. The Pasao Self-Concept Rating Scale and Bell Adjustment Inventory were used to assess client self-concept and adjustment. Results of these assessment measures were verified further by the independent raters' observations of client self-concept and adjustment and perception of clients' presenting concern through the Systematic Observation Schedule checklist and Independent Raters' Perception of Client's Presenting Concern Scale. Possible changes in client self-concept and adjustment as a result of VKD and SFT treatments were assessed at three-day, one-week, and one-month posttests.

Results of the study showed the effectiveness of SFT and VKD as evidenced by improvements in clients' self-concept and adjustment at three-day, one-week, and one-month posttests and clinically significant therapeutic effects at one-month posttest as shown by the elimination of presenting concern and improved adaptive functioning.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

212 leaves, 28 cm. ; Computer print-out


Psychotherapy; Counseling; Dissociation (Psychology); Self-perception; Adjustment (Psychology) in adolescence

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