Patient characteristics and attendance patterns in outpatient group psychotherapy

R. H. Klein, R. A. Carroll

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A study of over 700 referrals for group therapy within a large university hospital setting revealed that such services were primarily provided for moderately to severely disturbed patients, mostly single white females from working and middle class backgrounds, university students, and unemployed, poorly educated minority group members. However, 41 percent of the patients initially referred never actually attended a therapy group. Among those who did begin group therapy, drop-outs occurred most frequently during early sessions. Over half the treated patients were seen for a total of twelve or fewer sessions. Data are interpreted as highlighting the importance of implementing careful referral and preparation procedures, and as underscoring the necessity for developing effective short-term group therapy approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-132
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Group Psychotherapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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