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Date of Award

Summer 7-22-2019

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Claudia Jacova Chenoweth, PhD


Older adults often differ from younger adults in the frequency and presentation of mental health disorders, and group psychotherapy is an intervention that may uniquely benefit them. Research into how older adults in group therapy value the therapeutic factors can inform development of interventions that are specific to the developmental needs of those in later life. In this study, group therapy members (N = 28) age 55 and older were surveyed as to their valuation of the therapeutic factors. The therapeutic factors that participants most valued were group cohesiveness, instillation of hope, and socializing techniques. These results suggest that the most helpful aspects of the group therapy experience to older adults are relief from social isolation, benefit from seeing others get better, and practice forming more meaningful relationships.

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