- Oxford Library Of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Introduction: Solidifying and Advancing Group Counseling
- The Nature and Significance of Groups
- Definition of Group Counseling
- The History of Group Counseling
- Ethics, Best Practices, andLaw in Group Counseling
- Diversity in Groups
- A Social Justice Approach to Group Counseling
- Therapeutic Factors in Group-Counseling: Asking New Questions
- Cohesion in Counseling and Psychotherapy Groups
- Group Climate: Construct in Search of Clarity
- Group Development
- Evidence Bases for Group Practice
- General Research Models
- Assessing Groups
- Qualitative Research Approaches and Group Counseling
- Personhood of the Leader
- Group Techniques
- Group Leader Style and Functions
- Group Leadership Teaching and Training: Methods and Issues
- Supervision of Group Counseling
- Creativity and Spontaneity in Groups
- Groups across Settings
- Group Counseling across the Life Span: A Psychosocial Perspective
- Group Counseling with Sexual Minorities
- Prevention Groups
- International Group Counseling
- Brief Group Treatment
- Mutual Help Groups: What Are They and What Makes Them Work?
- Online Groups
- Groups for Trauma/Disaster
- Group Counseling: 50 Basic Premises and the Need for Mainstreaming
Abstract and Keywords
Group cohesion is one of the most studied and theorized factors in group counseling. Despite the literature that describes cohesion, how it relates to group process, its mediating potential, and how it directly predicts change, we are still unsure exactly how cohesion operates in different groups and the best way to measure it. This chapter will review the history of group-therapy cohesion and the many challenges to both measuring and studying this illusive group factor. Research that has focused on how group cohesion relates to group process and outcome is summarized. The chapter concludes with recommendations for future research and the implications for clinicians who do group work.
Cheri L. Marmarosh is Professor of Professional Psychology at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Stacy M. Can Horn is a professor in the Department of Educational and Human Sciences at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.
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