Behavioural-cognitive groups for adult psychiatric patients: A pilot study

Pat McAuley*, Mary Louise Catherwood, Ethel Quayle

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This paper describes a pilot study of a behavioural-cognitive group programme for adult psychiatric patients who presented with a variety of problems. The time-limited groups aimed to teach behavioural analysis skills through the selection, observation and treatment of a target problem by each group member. Results of ten such groups are analysed and indicate that members could operationally define a problem and implement behavioural change which was maintained at six month follow up. However, deficits in formal behavioural analysis skills were evidenced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-471
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1988


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