The effect of affective bibliotherapy on clients' functioning in group therapy

Zipora Shechtman, Rivka Nir-Shfrir

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    The effect of affective group bibliotherapy (GB) was compared to affective group therapy (GT) on patients' functioning in therapy and their session impression. Three small groups totaling twenty-five in-patients in a hospital in Israel participated in the study. Clients concurrently participated in both group types, undergoing three sessions in each condition. In-therapy behaviors were assessed through the Client Behavior System (CBS; Hill & O'Brien, 1999). Results indicated that in the GB condition compared to the GT condition, clients showed less resistance, used simple responses less frequently, and expressed greater affective exploration. The Session Evaluation Questionnaire (SEQ; Stiles et al., 1994) was used to measure clients' impressions of the sessions. Results indicated that patients evaluated the two treatment conditions equally. Overall, the results support earlier findings, suggesting that affective bibliotherapy can be an effective method of treatment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)103-117
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Group Psychotherapy
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 2008

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Psychology


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