Pretraining with Adolescents in Group Psychotherapy: A Special Case of Therapist Iatrogenic Effects
The effects of pretraining adolescents for group psychotherapy were investigated. Twenty-one adolescents from a residential treatment facility participated. Pretraining addressed the processes of risk taking, self-disclosure, and giving and receiving feedback through verbal, video, and/or experiential instruction and were compared with a control condition. Pretraining was not found to be beneficial when measured on satisfaction, therapeutic factors, and peer relation factors. However, a potential confounding variable was the exposure to a “psychonoxious” therapist who was found to have a significantly negative impact on group satisfaction ratings. The implications of group pretraining for adolescents are considered, as are the iatrogenic effects of therapists and the “therapeutic milieu.”
Hoag, Matthew J.; Primus, Erin A.; Taylor, Nicolas T.; and Burlingame, Gary M., "Pretraining with Adolescents in Group Psychotherapy: A Special Case of Therapist Iatrogenic Effects" (1996). Faculty Research. 14.