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Patient activity and outcome in group psychotherapy: new findings.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2318556     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relation of patient verbal activity to pretherapy symptom status and outcome was examined for ninety patients in time-limited group psychotherapy. For each half-hour segment the most verbally active member, or main actor (MA), was identified. Verbal activity was measured by counting the number of times each patient was MA during the course of the group. Outcome was assessed by administering a battery of instruments pre- and posttherapy and by obtaining direct ratings of patient benefit from the patient, therapist, and an independent rater: the number of times MA was found to be significantly correlated with four pretherapy measures, indicating that the most disturbed patients were most active in these groups; the number of times MA was also correlated with patient and therapist benefit ratings, indicating that therapists and patients themselves agreed that those who spoke the most benefited the most. However, partial correlations between number of times MA and other outcome measures did not produce any significant relationships. Thus, it does not appear that patient verbal activity is related to outcome, as measured by objective instruments.
S Soldz; S Budman; A Demby; M Feldstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of group psychotherapy     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0020-7284     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Group Psychother     Publication Date:  1990 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-05-04     Completed Date:  1990-05-04     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:  53-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Follow-Up Studies
Group Processes
Psychotherapy, Brief / methods*
Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
Verbal Behavior*
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