Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 169–185 | Cite as

Personal Construct Group Work for Adolescent Offenders: Dealing with Their Problematic Meanings

  • Linda L. Viney
  • Deborah Truneckova
  • Patricia Weekes
  • Lindsay Oades


Personal construct group work with adolescent offenders aims to elaborate their meanings. Because some of the meanings of offenders interfere with group processes, this goal can be difficult to achieve. Four of these more problematic meanings and strategies for dealing with them are considered, as well as two of their more helpful meanings. Firstly, the offenders see themselves as unknown and unknowable, action as constant, and their worlds as totally inconsistent and destroyable. Secondly, however, they can come to see temporary intimacy with others as possible and the group as ownable by its members. The impact of the problematic meanings on the group leaders is discussed, together with links between these meanings and the findings from the evaluations of the group work.


Group Work Group Process Group Leader Personal Construct Construct Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda L. Viney
    • 1
  • Deborah Truneckova
    • 1
  • Patricia Weekes
    • 1
  • Lindsay Oades
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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