In the U.S., the number of inmates diagnosed with schizophrenia is approximately four times greater than that found in the general population. Alarmingly, these inmates rarely receive the mental health treatment they need. Previous studies have suggested that Gestalt therapy can have beneficial affects for inmates. However, further research examining treatment models for inmates diagnosed with schizophrenia is needed. This current study examined qualitative data from a proposed Gestalt group therapy treatment model for incarcerated schizophrenia. Results from modified analytic induction demonstrated increased levels of participation, autonomy, interpersonal skills, information seeking and a reduction in psychotic symptoms. This study also provided novel insight regarding treatment methods, phases of treatment, and therapist characteristics as the humanity of the schizophrenic experience emerged.
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Burley, Todd D.
Haerich, Paul E.
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Psychotherapy; Schizophrenia - Therapy; Schizophrenia; Personality Disorders - Psychology; Group Psychotherapy; Psychotherapy, Group - Methods
Subject - Local
Gestalt Group Psychotherapy, Schizophrenia, Incarcerated Individuals - Therapy, Group Therapy
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Dobson, Leslie Ann V., "Gestalt Group Psychotherapy With Incarcerated Schizophrenia: A Qualitative Study" (2012). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. Paper 78.
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