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May 1974

Psychological-Mindedness and Benefit From Insight-Oriented Group Therapy

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn
From the Interuniversity Psychological and Counseling Center, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn (Dr. S. Abramowitz) and the Department of Psychology, George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville (C. Abramowitz).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1974;30(5):610-615. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1974.01760110036003

The utility of the psychological-mindedness construct as a prognosticator of outcome in insight- and noninsight-oriented group therapies was investigated among 26 college students who responded to an announcement of the availability of interpersonal adjustment groups. Checks were made to assure that the single therapist conducted each ten-session, 15-hour treatment as prescribed.

Persons who entered their insight-grounded group experience, having greater psychological sophistication, also made more psychosocial strides, whereas their counterparts who received the noninsight group therapy fared no better than the less psychologically minded members.

Results regarding the notion of perceived therapist relatability as a moderator of psychotherapeutic change were equivocal, leaving open the possibility that the potentiating effects of psychological sophistication are mediated primarily by cognitive mechanisms.