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June 12, 1972

Comprehensive Group Psychotherapy

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital Medical Center Boston

JAMA. 1972;220(11):1505. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200110081038

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Collections of people, such as mobs, corporations, or teams, have long been known to have "personalities" of their own. In the internal workings, groups show magnified many of the same passions, conflicts, and styles of coping found in individuals. A group setting thus provides an enriched context for the understanding of an individual. In recent years, interest has grown dramatically in bringing people together in small groups to help them understand and change themselves through examining their interactions. A plethora of "group therapies" advocating widely different goals and techniques has evolved. Their varied claims, from the modest to the messianic, must leave the layman as well as the physician confused regarding the reasonable indications and expectations for the different modes of group therapy. This new textbook, Comprehensive Group Psychotherapy, attempts to clarify some of these confusions.

Coedited by two dynamically oriented psychiatrists with many years experience in group and