ERIC Number: ED246370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Major Themes in Brief Inpatient Group Psychotherapy.
Silverman, Wade H.; Powers, Linda
Although group psychotherapy is the preferred method of treatment for short-term hospitalized clients, empirical evidence of the efficacy of such a treatment method is lacking. To examine the major themes expressed in an inpatient group over time, as well as to evaluate the methodology for selecting and implementing group psychotherapy, a total of 34 hospitalized patients participated in an eight member group over a 3-month period. The group met for 1 hour per day, 3 days per week. Daily process notes were taken and analyzed for recurrent themes. The results showed the existence of 60 major themes that could be grouped into six basic categories: boundary and limit setting, reflected in rule setting and emphasis on group integrity; group composition, emphasizing the stability and continuity of the group; group cohesion; group problem-solving; generalization of group activities to adaptive functioning in the outside world; and control of affective states. The issue of voluntary participation in the groups and the discussion of voluntary status during the screening process were found to be unecessary; both were subsequently eliminated. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Short Term Counseling; Thematic Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Las Vegas, NV, April 25-28, 1984).