The efficacy of an integrated theoretical approach to group psychotherapy for male inmates

Robert D. Morgan, Carrie L. Winterowd, Dale R. Fuqua

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Abstract

To assess the efficacy of an interpersonal process-oriented and cognitive-behavioral group psychotherapy program, 36 incarcerated male adults were assigned to either a treatment group (n = 20) or a no treatment control group (n = 16). Outcome measures consisted of paper-pencil self-report instruments, institutional behavioral data, and structured interviews with the group therapists (n = 3). Results indicated no significant changes in inmates' level of defensiveness, empathy, or institutional behavior; however, the inmates reported universally positive reactions to the treatment program. The group therapists also perceived the treatment program as efficacious, particularly in fostering a cohesive group atmosphere and increasing inmate responsibility for group leadership. Implications for practice and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-222
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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