Why do people prefer individual therapy over group therapy?

Zipora Shechtman, Abeer Kiezel

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The current study aims to identify the reason people avoid group therapy despite its recognized effectiveness. Participants were 224 university students, men and women from two ethnic groups (Jewish and Arab) in Israel. We asked them to mark their preference for individual or group therapy on a 7-point scale and add five arguments in favor and against each type of therapy. Results verified the tendency to prefer individual over group therapy, with minor gender or ethnic effects. Participant arguments indicated accuracy in identifying the strength of group therapy, but various fears limit their enthusiasm about group therapy. The discussion focuses on possible ways to overcome those fears.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-591
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Group Psychotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the supply of computation time on the IBM RS/6000 SP by the Computing Centre of the University of Karlsruhe and the financial support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Contract No. Bo 693/8-2).

Publisher Copyright:
© The American Group Psychotherapy Association, Inc.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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