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Pretraining with Adolescents in Group Psychotherapy: A Special Case of Therapist Iatrogenic Effects

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The effects of pretraining adolescents for group psychotherapy were investigated. Twenty-one adolescents from a residential treatment facility participated. Pretraining addressed the processes of risk taking, self-disclosure, and giving and receiving feedback through verbal, video, and/or experiential instruction and were compared with a control condition. Pretraining was not found to be beneficial when measured on satisfaction, therapeutic factors, and peer relation factors. However, a potential confounding variable was the exposure to a “psychonoxious” therapist who was found to have a significantly negative impact on group satisfaction ratings. The implications of group pretraining for adolescents are considered, as are the iatrogenic effects of therapists and the “therapeutic milieu.”


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Hoag, M. J., Primus, E. A., Taylor, N. T., and Burlingame, G. M. (1996). Pretraining with adolescents in group psychotherapy: A special case of therapist iatrogenic effects. Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, 6(3), 119-133. doi: 10.1007/BF02548491


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