ERIC Number: ED203246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Family Theme Group: Networking Skills, the Family and Beyond.
Reynolds, John N.; And Others
This paper describes the family-theme group, a group approach to working with schizophrenics based on the assumptions that: (1) family dynamics are important variables in the development and maintenance of schizophrenia; (2) schizophrenic families have numerous maladaptive qualities not present in normal families; and (3) hospitalization of schizophrenics further exacerbates family dysfunctions and pathological dependence. The family-theme group is presented as a social-learning forum through which familial and systems interventions can be made. The social skills training techniques are explained, including role play and assertiveness training. Demographics of group members and group size and structure are reviewed. The structure of individual group sessions is described, beginning with the presentation of a theme with questions designed to clarify the issues and lead members toward identification of problems; a list of sample questions is also given. The process of the theme-centered assessment and skills-training format is discussed, and variations from this format to accomodate new group members or old members with life crises are described. The family-theme group is presented as an effective method for maintaining schizophrenic clients in the community. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).