Exploring The Link Between Group Processes And Outcomes Of Group Psychotherapy (2006–2008)
Now that the effectiveness of group therapy has been established, it is time to consider the question of why it is effective. Is group therapy merely a more cost-effective version of individual therapy, or are there properties of the group that make group therapy qualitatively different from individual therapy? Can the dynamics of the group be useful therapeutic tools in their own right? If so, what aspects of the group promote positive change? In this project we provide a theoretically grounded test of the relationship between group processes and outcomes in patients undergoing group therapy. This project can help inform therapists how to best manage group sessions and thus improve treatment and outcomes for patients.