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We used a randomized clinical trial to investigate the interaction of two patient personality characteristics (quality of object relations [QOR] and psychological mindedness [PM]) with two forms of time-limited, short-term group therapy (interpretive and supportive) for 139 psychiatric outpatients with complicated grief. Findings differed depending on the(More)
In a recent study, the patient characteristic quality of object relations (QOR) was directly related to favorable outcome (reduction of grief symptoms) among a sample of 53 outpatients with complicated grief who completed treatment in 1 of 8 time-limited, interpretive therapy groups. Recent research literature has suggested that patient affect variables may(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined whether dimensions of complicated grief (CG) could be distinguished from dimensions of depression and whether these dimensions were differentially affected by group psychotherapy for CG. METHOD A total of 398 psychiatric outpatients who had experienced one or more significant death losses provided ratings on standard measures(More)
A recently completed clinical trial that investigated the effectiveness of a group-oriented, day treatment program provided an opportunity to pursue a multidimensional approach to the prediction of treatment outcome. The sample consisted of 99 psychiatric outpatients, most of whom had received diagnoses of affective and personality disorders. The predictor(More)
OBJECTIVE The outcome of a day treatment program for psychiatric outpatients with affective and personality disorders was evaluated. The program was dynamically oriented, intensive, group focused, and time limited (18 weeks). METHODS The prospective trial used a randomized treatment-versus-control (delayed-treatment) design to examine 17 outcome variables(More)
This prospective study investigated the impact of group composition on the outcome of 2 forms of time-limited, short-term group therapy (interpretive, supportive) with 110 outpatients from 18 therapy groups, who presented with complicated grief. The composition variable was based on the patient's level of quality of object relations. The higher the(More)
The author reviews recent studies on the evaluation of partial hospitalization programs in North America and Europe. The lack of a clear definition of partial hospitalization is one of the factors leading to its underutilization, many authorities believe. After discussing the nomenclature and emphasizing the importance of classifying programs by(More)
The relationships between patient personality variables and outcome for 107 psychiatric outpatients with complicated grief who completed either interpretive or supportive short-term group therapy were investigated. The personality variables were assessed prior to treatment with the NEO-Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI). For patients in both forms of therapy,(More)
This study examined the ability of seven patient characteristics to predict success (remaining, benefiting) in a day treatment program for psychiatric outpatients. The sample consisted of 165 patients, most with affective and personality disorders, who participated in an intensive psychodynamically and group-oriented program within a controlled clinical(More)
This study investigated three aspects of patients' interpersonal functioning as predictors of outcome for two forms of group psychotherapy for complicated grief. Patients presented with a variety of death losses and met criteria for complicated grief. The three aspects of interpersonal functioning were the patient's (1) attachment to the lost person, (2)(More)