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Application of social identity theory in group therapy with stigmatized adults.
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PMID:  11797242     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Social identity theory was applied in group therapy for adults with mild mental retardation. Social identity theory suggests that social group membership, also called collective identity, has an impact on self-esteem. Individuals will try to maintain self-esteem by viewing their social groups positively. This may not be possible for individuals who are members of a stigmatized group. However, it may be possible to enhance self-esteem by broadening one's awareness of collective identity. Furthermore, being able to positively view other individuals who are co-members of one's own stigmatized group can also have positive consequences for self-esteem. A clinical vignette demonstrates this process in group therapy. Results are discussed as being applicable to members of various stigmatized groups.
Ron B Aviram; Sherri Rosenfeld
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of group psychotherapy     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0020-7284     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Group Psychother     Publication Date:  2002 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-18     Completed Date:  2002-02-07     Revised Date:  2010-12-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374720     Medline TA:  Int J Group Psychother     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Neuroscience, New York State Psychiatric Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Mental Retardation / ethnology,  psychology*
Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
Self Concept*
Social Distance
Social Identification*

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