Other Clinical Research
Other clinical psychology projects focus on the areas of addiction and emotion regulation. In addiction for instance, social factors have often been overlooked in theoretical models and treatment approaches. Our academic research in this area has established a theoretical model drawing on existing evidence about the social identity and group processes involved in addiction and recovery as well as empirical findings showing that outcomes after leaving residential treatment are strongly predicted by an individuals’ shift from identification as a substance using social network to identification as a member of a non-using or recovery network.
Dingle, G. A., Stark, C., Cruwys, T. & Best, D. (2015) Breaking good: breaking ties with social groups may be good for recovery from substance misuse. British Journal of Social Psychology, 54: 236-254. [Full Text]
Difficulties with emotion regulation do not constitute any specific diagnosis yet they underlie a range of mental health problems. Our research with the Tuned In emotion regulation program (see research) and the School of Hard Knocks choir (see research) and creative writing groups investigates how participants’ group identity plays an influential role in their development of emotional awareness and regulation skills during the programs.
Dingle, Williams, Jetten et al. (in preparation) Choir singing and creative writing as forms of interpersonal emotion regulation among adults with chronic mental illness.