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ERIC Number: ED027550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 16
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Multiple Group Counseling with Discharged Schizophrenic Adolescents and their Parents.
Lurie, Abraham; Harold, Ron
Discharged adolescent schizophrenics (17) and their families participated in a pilot program of multiple group counseling, planned to help ex-patients reintegrate into the community. Patients were selected prior to discharge and randomly divided into three multiple-family groups. Each participating family had had a severe breakdown in the parent-child relationship in the areas of communication, mutual expectations, and interpersonal relationships. Three introductory sessions allowed for observation of family cooperation and interaction. Weekly meetings were held for one year after discharge at a community center. Specific counseling goals were to: (1) improve parent-child communication, (2) change unrealistic parental expectations of the child, (3) lessen shame of family (hospitalization stigma), and (4) improve parental understanding and acceptance of their own and children's social roles. Advantages of multiple family counseling were: (1) families could compare themselves to other families, (2) activities allowed for family unit as well as individual member participation, (3) behavioral insights were shared, (4) social relationships were established by families, and (5) ex-patients developed an understanding of their parents. (NG)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
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