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Predicting attendance and expectations for group therapy

Author(s): MacNair-Semands RR

Abstract

Inconsistent membership is one of the leading problems in groups. Group therapy participants (N=310) from 2 university counseling centers were studied over a period of 7 years to examine interpersonal style, expectations, and attendance in group therapy. The Group Therapy Questionnaire (R. R. MacNair & J. Corazzini, 1994; R. R. MacNair-Semands, 1996, 1997, 2001) assessed client goals, substance use, and interpersonal problems in relation to expectations for group and attendance. A discriminant analysis demonstrated that angry hostility and social inhibition were predictive of low attendance. Additionally, clients with previous therapy reported more positive expectations about group, whereas those reporting greater substance use and more somatic symptoms had fewer positive expectations about group. Implications for treatment decisions are discussed.

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