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The group psychotherapy dropout phenomenon revisited
Am J Psychiatry 1978;135:1492-1495.
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In this two-year study, patients referred for group therapy were extensively screened and carefully prepared for the therapy. In spite of this effort there was a 29% dorpout rate after group therapy began. All of the therapists reported that they disliked the patients who dropped out, and many of these patients were seen as hostile toward the therapists. The author suggests that for many groups the dropout phenomenom may be basic to the establishment of group cohesiveness and that instead of trying to prevent or reduce the dropout phenomenon, efforts should be directed toward reconceptualizing the more positive aspects of it.

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