Group psychotherapy has become an accepted method of treatment and has been the subject of considerable research by many disciplines within the behavioral sciences.
At first it was considered a poor second to individual therapy and was seen as having only limited usefulness. Psychiatrists considered it a "stop-gap" method to be used until enough trained people were available to fill the need for individual therapists. As more understanding about the dynamics of group therapy was gained and as the number of people who felt comfortable and competent to lead groups increased, its primary usefulness became apparent.
In recent years there has been interest in the family dynamics1,2 of psychiatric patients. Utilizing the group setting has turned out to be a fruitful way of observing the interrelationships within a family.
This paper is concerned with reporting some findings of a new type of group psy
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