Testing a single-item visual analogue scale as a proxy for cohesiveness in group psychotherapy

Hornsey, Matthew J., Olsen, Sara, Barlow, Fiona Kate and Oei, Tian P. S. (2012) Testing a single-item visual analogue scale as a proxy for cohesiveness in group psychotherapy. Group Dynamics, 16 1: 80-90. doi:10.1037/a0024545


Author Hornsey, Matthew J.
Olsen, Sara
Barlow, Fiona Kate
Oei, Tian P. S.
Title Testing a single-item visual analogue scale as a proxy for cohesiveness in group psychotherapy
Journal name Group Dynamics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1089-2699
1930-7802
Publication date 2012-03
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0024545
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 80
End page 90
Total pages 11
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Group cohesion is one factor that is widely suggested to be important in producing clinically meaningful change in group psychotherapy. However, the construct has proved difficult to define, and in an effort to capture the construct's multidimensionality, contemporary measures have become long, cognitively demanding, and challenging for people with limited literacy. In response to this, we test a single-item visual analogue scale that provides a simple, intuitive, time-efficient, and user-friendly proxy for the cohesion construct. The Group Entitativity Measure–Group Psychotherapy (GEM-GP) was validated in a clinical sample of individuals who completed a group cognitive–behavioral therapy course for depression. GEM-GP scores correlated highly with a lengthier, traditional measure of group cohesion and were just as predictive of outcomes as a multi-item, traditional measure. The GEM-GP is a valid, user-friendly, and brief proxy for the cohesion construct in the group psychotherapy context.
Keyword Group psychotherapy
Cohesion
Visual analogue scale
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This article was published Online First July 11, 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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