Title

The “Voice” and perspectives of adolescents participating in a short-term psychotherapy group

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2017

Abstract

Group psychotherapy is an ideal choice for adolescents who engage in mental health treatment. It is considered a “natural” fit, as adolescents are focused on their peer group. This research study presents the effectiveness of an adolescent psychotherapy group with an interpersonal approach, using their “voices” and perspectives. A qualitative descriptive design was selected. Semi-structured, open-ended interviews were conducted with eight adolescents who attended a process-oriented psychotherapy group for a period of three months. The data were analyzed using manifest content analysis. All eight participants described their experiences and the meaning of their experiences. A number of therapeutic factors emerged from the data consistent with Yalom’s theoretical framework. The participants also described a number of benefits and identified several recommendations for group therapists.

Publication Title

International Journal of Group Psychotherapy

Volume

67

Issue

3

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