Feasibility and Outcomes of Narrative Enhancement and Cognitive Therapy (NECT) for Reducing Self-Stigma Among People With Severe Mental Illness in the Netherlands: A Pilot Study

Suzan Oudejans, Lars de Winter, Jaap van Weeghel, Sarita Sanches, Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon

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Abstract

Objective: The narrative enhancement and cognitive therapy (NECT) intervention aims to reduce self-stigma among people with severe mental illness. Based on previous studies that showed the intervention’s beneficial outcomes, we conducted an uncontrolled pilot study of NECT in the Netherlands to assess both feasibility in delivering NECT and outcomes of the intervention for self-stigma, hope, recovery, and self-concept clarity. Methods: Feasibility was assessed through uptake and implementation data that included an assessment of enhancing and impeding factors according to surveys with NECT facilitators, and interviews with participants. Outcomes of NECT were studied through scales that assess self-stigma, self-concept clarity, hope, personal recovery, and quality of life. Results: Forty-one participants from five treatment sites participated in the pilot study, among whom 78% were considered “exposed” (i.e., attended at least six sessions). The analysis of enhancing and impeding factors indicated that support from the organization, sense of ownership, expectations of outcomes, and content of the intervention were reported as important in the implementation process. Participants reported decreases in self-stigma and increases in hope during the intervention. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: Assessments of feasibility provided valuable insights regarding ways to improve implementation of the intervention (such as increasing facilitators’ sense of ownership of the intervention).

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
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StatePublished - Sep 2022

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Keywords

  • Feasibility
  • Group therapy
  • Nect
  • Self-stigma
  • Severe mental illness

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