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April 1968

An Evaluation of Alumni Group Psychotherapy: For Patients Discharged From a Group Living Program

Author Affiliations

From the Psychiatry and Neurology Service, Veterans Administration West Side Hospital, Chicago.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(4):420-427. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740040036005

IN RECENT YEARS group psychotherapy has been used increasingly as a treatment modality for discharged psychiatric patients. Coltharp1 briefly discusses the use of group therapy with patients recovering from psychoses. He reports that mass catharsis is noted, but that discussions tend to be impersonal. Others2 have also discussed the use of group therapy in posthospitalization treatment. In this report, formal assessments of the results of a one-year program were minimal, but Blau and Zilbach2 felt that patients showed improvement in socialization and marital and job adjustment. Both of these articles date back at least ten years to a period when group psychotherapy was only beginning to exercise its present impact. A more current article by Forer,3 based on group therapy with outpatient schizophrenics, develops a theoretical rationale and describes a variety of techniques used by the group therapist. He makes

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