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Group cohesion and homework adherence in multi-family group therapy for schizophrenia

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Abstract


  • This study examined the relationship between levels of group cohesion, defined as whole group relationships, and between-session therapeutic homework adherence in a multi-family group therapy (MFGT) for people with schizophrenia. Participants from 18 consenting families attending MFGT groups completed weekly homework adherence ratings, group cohesion and spontaneous between-session activity measures. Levels of group cohesion at each session were compared with measures of scheduled and spontaneous homework adherence reported at the next session. It was hypothesised that higher levels of group cohesion would be related to homework adherence and other spontaneous between-session therapeutic activity completed by group members. Results show higher levels of group cohesion were associated with higher rates of spontaneous between-session therapeutic activity. However, contrary to expectations no significant relationship between cohesion and scheduled homework completion was found. The implications of the findings for group processes and homework adherence are discussed.

UOW Authors


  •   Deane, Frank
  •   Mercer, Joanne (external author)
  •   Talyarkhan, Anahita (external author)
  •   Lambert, Gordon G. (external author)
  •   Pickard, Judith

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Deane, F. P., Mercer, J., Talyarkhan, A., Lambert, G. & Pickard, J. (2012). Group cohesion and homework adherence in multi-family group therapy for schizophrenia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy: innovative and contextual approaches to human problems, 33 (2), 128-141.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866874382

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4026&context=hbspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2975

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 128

End Page


  • 141

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This study examined the relationship between levels of group cohesion, defined as whole group relationships, and between-session therapeutic homework adherence in a multi-family group therapy (MFGT) for people with schizophrenia. Participants from 18 consenting families attending MFGT groups completed weekly homework adherence ratings, group cohesion and spontaneous between-session activity measures. Levels of group cohesion at each session were compared with measures of scheduled and spontaneous homework adherence reported at the next session. It was hypothesised that higher levels of group cohesion would be related to homework adherence and other spontaneous between-session therapeutic activity completed by group members. Results show higher levels of group cohesion were associated with higher rates of spontaneous between-session therapeutic activity. However, contrary to expectations no significant relationship between cohesion and scheduled homework completion was found. The implications of the findings for group processes and homework adherence are discussed.

UOW Authors


  •   Deane, Frank
  •   Mercer, Joanne (external author)
  •   Talyarkhan, Anahita (external author)
  •   Lambert, Gordon G. (external author)
  •   Pickard, Judith

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Deane, F. P., Mercer, J., Talyarkhan, A., Lambert, G. & Pickard, J. (2012). Group cohesion and homework adherence in multi-family group therapy for schizophrenia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy: innovative and contextual approaches to human problems, 33 (2), 128-141.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866874382

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4026&context=hbspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2975

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 128

End Page


  • 141

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom