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Article
August 1971

Psychiatrists, Patients, and Sensitivity Groups

Author Affiliations

Cincinnati
From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, and Cincinnati General Hospital, Cincinnati.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;25(2):178-180. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750140082013
Abstract

All psychiatrists in the greater Cincinnati area were sent a series of three questionnaires concerning patients from nonstructured discussion or T-groups. Twenty-four respondents reported having seen patients who had become psychotic or acutely disorganized in association with such group activity. They received a fourth questionnaire asking for details about the 19 patients involved and about the groups in which they participated. These 19 cases came from an estimated population of sensitivity-group participants of 2,900(0.66% casualties). Few (only five out of 1,750, or 0.28%) had been in structured "managerial grid" groups. Both positive and negative aspects of participation in sensitivity groups were elicited from the reported experience of these psychiatrists.

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