Therapeutic Factors in Adolescents’ Groups With and Without Movies

Lubna Tannous Haddad, Zipora Shechtman

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The study explores the therapeutic factors in two types of group interventions–-film therapy (n = 69) and affective support therapy (n = 48) for Arab adolescents (ages 13–14) in Israel. Film therapy is a relatively new method for groups, aimed at enhancing adolescents’ engagement in the process of group counseling. Six-hundred students from 11 schools were screened for the level of parent–adolescent conflict, based on a self-report measure. The 117 students who met the cutoff point constituted our sample. They were randomly divided into 12 small groups (6 in each type of intervention). A previous study reported the outcomes of these two interventions, showing equal progress in both groups (compared to control). The current study explores process variables, specifically therapeutic factors, in an attempt to enhance our understanding of those outcomes. Results indicated common therapeutic factors across both types of intervention. The factors of relationship–climate and other- versus self-focus were ranked the highest and, contrary to expectations, were significantly higher in affective support therapy than in film therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-348
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Group Psychotherapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2020

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