Group Processes and Outcomes in Group Psychotherapy: Is It Time to Let Go of "Cohesiveness"?

Hornsey, Matthew J., Dwyer, Lynndall, Oei, Tian P.S. and Dingle, Genevieve A. (2009) Group Processes and Outcomes in Group Psychotherapy: Is It Time to Let Go of "Cohesiveness"?. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 59 2: 267-278. doi:10.1521/ijgp.2009.59.2.267


Author Hornsey, Matthew J.
Dwyer, Lynndall
Oei, Tian P.S.
Dingle, Genevieve A.
Title Group Processes and Outcomes in Group Psychotherapy: Is It Time to Let Go of "Cohesiveness"?
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Group Processes and Outcomes in Group Psychotherapy:
Is It Time to Let Go of "Cohesiveness"?
Journal name International Journal of Group Psychotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-7284
Publication date 2009-04-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1521/ijgp.2009.59.2.267
Volume 59
Issue 2
Start page 267
End page 278
Total pages 12
Editor Les R Greene
Seymour Weingarten
Jim Nageotte
Place of publication United States
Publisher Guilford Publications, Inc.
Language eng
Subject C1
1701 Psychology
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Although it is widely assumed that cohesiveness promotes positive outcomes in group psychotherapy, the empirical evidence for this notion is very limited. In light of persistent confusion over how it should be conceptualized and measured, we argue that the term “cohesiveness” is too amorphous to serve as an adequate organizing principle for theory and research, and that it should be replaced with more cogent and specific alternatives. Drawing on social psychological literature, we also question the intuitive notion that cohesiveness necessarily leads to positive outcomes. To the extent that the need for harmony is prioritized over the need for personal expression, dissent, and challenge, then it could be that cohesiveness might have negative as well as positive implications for members of group therapy.
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