The Journal for Specialists in Group Work

Developmental Model Using Gestalt-Play Versus Cognitive-Verbal Group with Chinese Adolescents: Effects on Strengths and Adjustment Enhancement

Gestalt psychotherapyResearchNon-randomized controlled trials or naturalistic studyEnglish
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Abstract

This study compared the effectiveness of short-term developmental group counseling applying Gestalt-play versus cognitive-verbal approaches with Taiwanese adolescents. On a measure of behavioral and emotional strengths, teachers reported significant changes in students' overall behavioral and emotional strengths measured via total scores. Specific areas measured via subscores, included (a) family involvement which was enhanced primarily by the Gestalt-play approach and (b) affective strength which was enhanced primarily by the cognitive-verbal approach. In contrast, parents reported no significant changes. On a measure of school and social adjustment, teachers and students' peers reported weak intervention impacts.

APA citation

Shen, Y. -J. (2007). Developmental Model Using Gestalt-Play Versus Cognitive-Verbal Group with Chinese Adolescents: Effects on Strengths and Adjustment Enhancement. The Journal For Specialists In Group Work, 32, 285-305. http://doi.org/10.1080/01933920701431784