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Characteristics of patients who choose between two types of group psychotherapy.
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PMID:  7843847     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patient selection or matching to group psychotherapy is usually done by therapists. An alternative is to allow patients to "sample" and then select from different group therapies. In the current study characteristics of patients (N = 20) who selected from two types of group psychotherapy in a day-treatment program were examined. Patients were assessed on measures of current psychiatric symptomatology (Symptom Checklist 90-Revised [SCL-90R]; Derogatis, Rickles & Rock, 1976), psychological mindedness (McCallum & Piper, 1990) and psychological defenses Mechanisms Inventory (Ihilevich & Gleser, 1986). The two groups did not differ with regard to symptomatology or psychological mindedness. It was found that patients who chose a verbal and process-oriented psychotherapy tended to have externalizing defenses (turning anger against others and projection), however. These defenses appear to be congruent with this more emotionally expressive therapy. Patients who chose a structured and activity-oriented group psychotherapy tended to have internalizing defenses (repression/denial and intellectualization). These defenses seem consistent with this group therapy, which emphasized less emotional expressiveness. The implications of patient choice for group therapy and patient selection practices are discussed.
G A Tasca; V Russell; K Busby
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of group psychotherapy     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0020-7284     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Group Psychother     Publication Date:  1994 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-03-08     Completed Date:  1995-03-08     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:  499-508     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Ottawa.
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MeSH Terms
Choice Behavior*
Day Care
Defense Mechanisms
Internal-External Control
Mental Disorders / psychology,  therapy
Patient Participation / psychology*
Patient Selection*
Personality Assessment
Psychotherapy, Group / methods*

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