Group therapy goals: A comparison of group therapy providers and male inmates

Robert D. Morgan, J. Travis Garland, Alicia T. Rozycki, Darcy A. Reich, Scott Wilson

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This study was designed to identify important process and content goals from the perspective of inmates and compare these goals to the goals identified by group therapists in a previous study conducted by Winterowd, Morgan, and Ferrell (2001). Utilizing survey data from 156 incarcerated adult males, an initial confirmatory factor analysis indicated that the factor structure for inmates’ goal importance ratings did not precisely mirror the group therapists’ ratings in Winterowd et al. A subsequent exploratory factor analysis revealed a five-factor model with the following goals: Self-Exploration and Coping Skills; Group Relationship Building and Cooperation; Substance Abuse; Prosocial Behavior and Healthy Lifestyle; and Institutional Relationships. Overall, these goals match the primary goals identified as important by therapists in Winterowd et al. However, inmates did not appear to draw distinctions between some of the goals identified by therapists. Implications for group therapy with male inmates are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-172
Number of pages14
JournalJournal for Specialists in Group Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Group counseling
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Inmate
  • Offender treatment
  • Treatment goals


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