Group Cohesion in Substance Abuse Treatment

  • Author / Creator
    Maire, Brenda
  • The purpose of this study was to contribute to research on group cohesion among patients attending treatment for their substance abuse. Participants (N = 102) were recruited from a residential substance abuse treatment facility and assessed for group cohesion using the Group Climate Questionnaire in relation to symptom improvement. Patients’ mental health concerns and severity of distress significantly improved pre- to post-treatment. However, group cohesion did not predict treatment outcome. Hierarchical linear modeling revealed a positive relationship between linear change in Conflict over time and pre- to post-treatment change in severity of distress. Participants with greater linear change in-group conflict had greater change in severity of distress. A second analysis using regression was used to determine if treatment change could be predicted by group cohesion, client and treatment factors. The result was a 5-factor model that accounted for 56% of variance in patients’ residual change with regard to severity of distress. The 5-factor model did not significantly predict treatment change in mental health concerns.

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    Spring 2017
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Pazderka, Hannah (Psychiatry)
    • Baker, Glen (Psychiatry)
    • Whelton, William (Education)
    • Fujiwara, Esther (Psychiatry)
    • Greenshaw, Andrew (Psychiatry)