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Research and Publications

This page contains a list of publications and ongoing research projects that draw on or are informed by the PTMF.

To browse a different section of the site please return to the main PTMF hub.


Potential research/evaluation ideas

The Power Threat Meaning Framework is a major Division of Clinical Psychology-funded project to outline a conceptual alternative to the diagnostic model of psychological and emotional distress. 

The documents present a set of principles, and the DCP Power Threat Meaning Framework Subcommittee has been set up to collate examples of these principles being translated into practice.

The Committee also aims to support research and evaluation into all aspects of the Framework, so that they can feed back into its further development.

Ongoing Projects

  • Moutsou, I.  (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) – A supportive intervention for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, based on the Power-Threat-Meaning Framework.

    The proposed research concerns the development and study of a four-session supportive intervention for unaccompanied refugee and asylum-seeking minors (UAMs), based on the PowerThreat-Meaning Framework (Johnstone & Boyle, 2018), in collaboration with the Greek NGO “Arsis– Association for the Social Support of Youth”. 

    The research study aims to develop a tool for understanding and supporting UAMs, that can be used in their accommodation facilities as part of routine practice by any social scientist, regardless of her/his specialty or psychotherapeutic training. Furthermore, the study can contribute to the enrichment of the PTMF, through considering its application in understanding the UAMs’ experience and contributing to their empowerment.
    For questions, please contact: Irene Moutsou (PhD student) [email protected] orEugenie Georgaca (Associate Professor) [email protected].

  • Zoe Travers (Cardiff University) - Clinical Psychologists needed for an interview study exploring the experience of using the Power Threat Meaning Framework in UK adult mental health settings.

    This doctoral research project is looking to explore psychologists’ experiences of drawing upon the Power Threat Meaning Framework (Johnstone & Boyle, 2018) in their work and is looking to recruit qualified clinical psychologists who have experience of using ideas from the PTMF in a UK adult mental health context, to take part in an interview via zoom. Please see the attached advert for more information.

    If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact: [email protected]

  • Dan Warrender (Royal Gordon University - Aberdeen). Dan's PhD topic is 'borderline personality disorder'. The PTMF is being used in this thesis. Research articles use PTMF where the validity of the 'BPD' construct is challenged.

    Dan can be contacted at [email protected]

  • John Cromby (University of Leicester) and colleagues are researching uptake and initial responses to the PTMF among professionals and experts by experience.

    John can be contacted at [email protected]

  • Michelle Glascott (Northumbria University) and colleagues are looking to critically investigate a co-production approach to care organisation and provision (ReCoCo- Tyneside Recovery College; an entirely peer-led recovery college) alongside an evaluation of the efficacy of the PTMF as a means of understanding distress, as experienced by the students attending ReCoCo.

    Michelle can be contacted at [email protected]

  • Nour Hadadj (University of Leicester) is using the PTMF in her research into the effects of trauma and adversity on women refugee's ability to self-organise.

    Nour can be contacted on [email protected]

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