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Group therapy with schizophrenic patients: a short-term, homogeneous approach.

Authors
  • Kanas, N
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of group psychotherapy
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
41
Issue
1
Pages
33–48
Identifiers
PMID: 2007530
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The author presents a short-term, homogeneous model for treating schizophrenic patients in discussion-oriented therapy groups. Typically, patients attend nine sessions in the open inpatient groups and 12 sessions in the closed outpatient groups. The two goals of this co-therapy approach are to help patients cope with psychotic experiences and improve their interpersonal relationships. Discussions focus on hallucinations, delusions, loose associations, and maladaptive relationships, and anxiety-producing topics are avoided. The format is interaction-oriented and emphasizes the here and now. Empirical evidence supports the value of this short-term group therapy approach when it is used in conjunction with antipsychotic medications and long-term follow-up.

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