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Group cohesion and homework adherence in multi-family group therapy for schizophrenia
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences - Papers (Archive)
  • Frank P Deane, University of Wollongong
  • Joanne Mercer, Illawarra Institute For Mental Health, Wollongong
  • Anahita Talyarkhan, Illawarra Institute For Mental Health, Wollongong
  • Gordon Lambert, Illawarra Institute for Mental Health, Wollongong
  • Judy Pickard, University of Wollongong
RIS ID
65695
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Publication Details

Deane, F. P., Mercer, J., Talyarkhan, A., Lambert, G. & Pickard, J. (2012). Group cohesion and homework adherence in multi-family group therapy for schizophrenia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy: innovative and contextual approaches to human problems, 33 (2), 128-141.

Abstract
This study examined the relationship between levels of group cohesion, defined as whole group relationships, and between-session therapeutic homework adherence in a multi-family group therapy (MFGT) for people with schizophrenia. Participants from 18 consenting families attending MFGT groups completed weekly homework adherence ratings, group cohesion and spontaneous between-session activity measures. Levels of group cohesion at each session were compared with measures of scheduled and spontaneous homework adherence reported at the next session. It was hypothesised that higher levels of group cohesion would be related to homework adherence and other spontaneous between-session therapeutic activity completed by group members. Results show higher levels of group cohesion were associated with higher rates of spontaneous between-session therapeutic activity. However, contrary to expectations no significant relationship between cohesion and scheduled homework completion was found. The implications of the findings for group processes and homework adherence are discussed.
Citation Information
Frank P Deane, Joanne Mercer, Anahita Talyarkhan, Gordon Lambert, et al.. "Group cohesion and homework adherence in multi-family group therapy for schizophrenia" (2012) p. 128 - 141
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/fdeane/179/