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The group selection questionnaire: Further refinements in group member selection

Author(s): Burlingame GM, Layne CM, Cox JC, Davies R, Gleave R

Abstract

The Group Selection Questionnaire (GSQ), a promising measure intended to aid clinicians in managing group selection and composition, was tested in a two-phase study. Phase 1 was conducted in postwar Bosnia with war-traumatized secondary school students participating in a group treatment program in 10 schools. Results indicated that the GSQ demonstrated a factor structure consistent with theory, and the GSQ factors demonstrated predictive abilities for group process and outcome over multiple measures and multiple time periods. Phase 2 was conducted with college-age students participating in group treatment at a university counseling center. Phase 2 replicated the procedures of Phase 1 and tested 10 new items. Results indicated that the GSQ demonstrated a similar factor structure to Phase 1, and the revised scale was again predictive of group process and outcome, as well as attrition, across multiple time periods. The GSQ may be helpful to clinicians seeking to apply evidence-based practices in their group work.

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