Group versus individual supportive - Expressive psychotherapy for chronic, symptomatically stabilized outpatients

Eytan Bachar*, Laura Canetti, Ilan Yonah, Omer Bonne

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations

Abstract

The authors compared the effectiveness of group versus individual supportive-expressive psychotherapy for chronic symptomatically stabilized outpatients (N = 23). Patients were from the lower-middle socioeconomic class, were middle-aged, and had an intermediate to low education. The battery of assessment scales included an individualized scale (Target Complaint Scale), an unobtrusive measure assessing self-esteem and readiness for active coping (Shanan Sentence Completion Test), and 2 structured Likert-type scale items assessing mental health in both of its manifestations: pathological (Brief Symptom Inventory and Mental Health Inventory [MHI]) and positive well-being (MHI). The gains achieved in individual therapy were significantly, but only slightly, better than those achieved in group therapy. In view of these results, the economic advantages as well as the potential of group therapy for enhancing interpersonal skills were emphasized.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)244-251
Number of pages8
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Group versus individual supportive - Expressive psychotherapy for chronic, symptomatically stabilized outpatients'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this