ERIC Number: ED110861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Selective Group Approaches in Hospital Settings.
Leopold, Harold S.
The author considers group therapy as one of the most appropriate approaches to help psychotic patients, especially schizophrenics. He advocates the formation of four graded groups of patients based on the seriousness of their problems. The first is an intake group formed of newly admitted patients. Interaction in a group situation provides the psychiatrist a good opportunity to study the nature of the problems of each patient so as to place him in one of the other three groups. The second is a group for regressive patients, the most difficult cases with which to deal. The psychiatrist, with patience, understanding and support of a patient can gain his confidence and establish communication between the latter and the other members of the group, and then move him into the third group of less serious cases. With the latter group the emphasis is on correcting distorted perception and, through creating a healthy group atmosphere, initiate emotional and behavioral change. The fourth group is formed of predischarged patients who are allowed to join outpatients and family members. In this group, attempts are made to enhance self-esteem and recondition members to their immediate environments. (SE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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