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Developing the matrix representation grid (MRG): A method for observing group processes. Findings from time-limited group psychotherapy for alcohol-dependent patients

  • Göran Ahlin
  • Christer Sandahl
  • Kristina Herlitz
  • Ingela Brimberg


The MRG was published 1988 in order to support developments in group psychotherapy methods as one of the all too few process observation research methods for studying group-as-a-whole. After 9 years of what pilot studies have labeled successful clinical trials, this study aims at validating the MRG against the established SAVI: Structural Analysis of Verbal Interaction (Agazarian & Simon 1989). Videotaped group sessions from short-term groups for alcohol dependent patients conducted along two therapy methods, one behaviorally oriented and the other group analytic, are used as material. The MRG is validated in the study, confirmed to be clinically valuable, and some interesting comparisons between the two treatment modalities are also made.

Key words

group psychotherapy research group process observation method validation study short-term groups for alcohol dependent patients relapse prevention group analytic psychotherapy behavior therapy-oriented groups 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Göran Ahlin
    • 1
  • Christer Sandahl
    • 2
  • Kristina Herlitz
    • 2
  • Ingela Brimberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Psychotherapeutic PsychiatryLångbro, Stockholm
  2. 2.Section for Clinical Alcohol and Drug Addiction Research, Department of NeuroscienceKarolinska InstituteStockholm

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