Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Living Edition
| Editors: Marc Gellman

Group Therapy/Intervention

  • Yori Gidron
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_1409-2



Group therapy interventions refer to a format of several individuals taking part in a psychological intervention aimed at helping them change or deal with a long-lasting problem they are encountering, guided by a therapist or counselor. Group therapies have important advantages and are thus suitable for several types of problems, mainly those involving interpersonal issues. These include, for example, stress management, a common medical problem (cancer, heart disease), or addictions. The advantages of group over individual interventions include vicarious learning from others, knowing and being comforted by the fact that others share one’s difficulties, and practicing in a safe environment constructive solutions for interpersonal problems and social skills. In behavior medicine, studies have used such a format to treat cancer patients (e.g., Andersen et al. 2008), cardiac patients (e.g., Gidron et al. 1999), and many other patient samples. In cardiac...

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References and Further Readings

  1. Adler, H. M. (2002). The sociophysiology of caring in the doctor-patient relationship. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 17, 874–881.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
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  5. Shechtman, Z., & Leichtentritt, J. (2010). The association of process with outcomes in child group therapy. Psychotherapy Research, 20, 8–21.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine and PharmacyFree University of Brussels (VUB)JetteBelgium