Group psychotherapy for children and adolescents

S. Reid, I. Kolvin

British Medical Journal 1993; 69(2)244-250

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S. Reid, I. Kolvin, "Group psychotherapy for children and adolescents", Archives of Disease in Childhood, Volume 69, No. 2, pp 244-250, (British Medical Journal, 1993).


By definition, group psychotherapy involves the treatment of a number of children in groups by a therapist or co-therapists. These are two main theoretical orientations - psychodynamic and behavioural/cognitive. The latter distinction is not necessarily a clear cut one and a rather simplistic view would be that while behavioural psychotherapy is more geared to helping children towards a deeper understanding of their own behaviour. In this paper we address ourselves to the psychodynamic approach.

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