Therapeutic Factors of Group Essay

631 WordsNov 10, 20143 Pages
The two factors that I think are the most important for the success of a group are cohesion and self-disclosure. Cohesion is the most popular of several relationship constructs ( alliance, group climate, and group atmosphere) in the clinical and empirical literature on groups, and has evolved to become synonymous with the therapeutic relationship in group psychotherapy (Burlingame, McClendon, & Theobald, 2011). From the perspective of a group member, according to Burlingame et al. (2011), relationships are comprised of three structural components: member-member, member-group, and member-leader. This multi-level definition of cohesion suggests that the term is interpreted from different perspectives based on "broad and diffuse" forces that cause members to remain in the group. For instance, according to Burlingame et al. (2011), factors such as: (a) emotional well-being, (b) self-disclosure, (c) interpersonal liking, and (d) tolerance have been used to measure cohesion An understanding of cohesion is drawn from behavioral descriptions of the term that include attendance, verbal content, early termination, physical seating distance, amount of eye contact, and the length of time group members are engaged in the group (Corey, Corey & Corey, 2014). Everything that has a positive sense of togetherness has been interpreted as an index of cohesion. Their study focused on two fundamental dimensions of cohesion: (1) relationship structure, and (2) relationship quality. Based on these dimensions, cohesion is measured by its structural and affective task. Horizontal cohesion consists of membership in a group, and vertical relationship is focused on the relationship between the members and their leader (vertical cohesion). According to Burlingame et al. (2011), "the relationship quality and structure provides a practice-friendly framework to recognize cohesive

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