ERIC Number: ED397367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Factors of Group Psychotherapy for Adult Alcoholics: A Literature Review.
Howard, Jonathan K.
Research on therapeutic factors of group psychotherapy for adult alcoholics is reviewed. The research in this area has focused on determining whether or not group psychotherapy is an effective treatment modality for alcoholics. This review examines therapeutic factors in three phases of treatment: (1) preadmission, (2) primary intervention, and (3) aftercare. Treatment matching, orientation groups, and interactional group psychotherapy are the main factors examined. A special population, patients' attribution of change, advice or extended treatment, and patients' personal construct changes are also examined. The research suggests that treatment outcome is affected by the type of intervention employed during all phases of treatment, and that treatment matching, orientation groups, and transition groups all appear to improve treatment outcome. Treatment for alcoholism appears to be moving away from the use of similar interventions with all alcoholic patients toward patient-treatment matching. Further study of treatment matching is recommended to enable providers to maximize treatment efficacy. Contains 71 references. (Author/JBJ)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral Research Paper, Biola University.