Publications by authors named "Nicolle Alamo"

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The therapeutic relationship in child psychotherapy: integrating the perspectives of children, parents and therapists.

Psychother Res 2021 Nov 28;31(8):988-1000. Epub 2021 Jan 28.

Psychology Department, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.

This study addresses the therapeutic relationship in child psychotherapy, through an exploration of the experience of the main actors engaged in child psychotherapy.

To describe and analyse the therapeutic relationship integrating the views of children, parents and therapists.

This study employs a qualitative methodology, assuming a discovery-oriented approach which draws from grounded theory. Twelve psychotherapy triads participated, composed of children aged 6-10, their parents and psychotherapists. Semi-structured follow-up interviews were conducted (N=36), including a drawing in the case of the children.

A positive therapeutic relationship with children and parents was viewed as a gradually constructed process, based on a positive emotional encounter between participants. It was facilitated primarily by the therapist's commitment and playful stance, the child and therapist mutual involvement, and the parent's collaboration. These aspects entailed a trustful, validating and caring relationship, that shaped children and parents' motivations towards therapy and facilitated change.

From a multiple-perspective approach, therapy was conceived as a relational experience. The development of positive relationships required different and evolving dispositions from therapy main actors. Therapists' genuine feelings and engagement in therapeutic activity seem central, underlining the importance of addressing relational aspects in child therapy research and training.
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November 2021

[Medium-term effect of an intervention program for adolescent mothers].

Aten Primaria 2013 Mar 13;45(3):157-64. Epub 2012 Dec 13.

Escuela de Psicología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Objective: To analyze the medium-term results of an experimental study which evaluates the effects of home visits by para-professionals to a sample of adolescent mothers, which was successful in the short-term.

Design: Quantitative, follow up of two cohorts. FIELD OF STUDY: Two health centers in low socioeconomic areas, Santiago, Chile.

Participants: From a sample of 104 adolescent mothers and their children, 69 were contacted when their sons or daughters were 48 month old. Lost data was about 33.6%.

Interventions: Outcomes variables were: mental health of the mothers; their social, work, and family integration; their interaction with the child; and language and socio-emotional development of the child. The independent variable was the intervention: home visiting. PRINCIPAL MEASUREMENT: The short-term evaluation in the experimental and control groups was carried out using standardized questionnaires when the children were between 12 and 15 months old, and the medium-term evaluation at the age of 48 months.

Results: The short term positive effects on the mental health of the mother and on language development of the child were not sustained in the medium-term. The only positive effect was the stability in the relationship with their partners.

Conclusions: On the basis of these results, the importance of maintaining regular visits, in order to prevent the fading of the initial effects, is discussed.
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March 2013