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A practice of a cognitive behavioral oriented group psychotherapy in adolescents

Ahmet Türkcan, Doğan Yılmaz, Neşe Hatiboğlu.

Abstract
Objective: Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy is one of the effective methods in the treatment of various psychiatric problems seen in adolescence. This paper is aimed to report on the cognitive behavioral oriented group therapy program which was conducted in Bakırköy Prof. Dr. Mazhar Osman Training and Research Hospital for Psychiatric and Neurological Diseases, Adolescence and Young Adult Psychiatry Second Step Clinic. Method: This group therapy program was adopted from a cognitive behavioral group therapy course, which was developed by Clarke, Lewinsohn and their friends in order to treat adolescents diagnosed with major depressive disorder. The treatment processes and outcomes of 100 adolescents with different diagnoses and who had participated in 10 group therapy programs, each consisted of 12 sessions, were evaluated. Results: Twenty-four percent of the participants did not complete the group therapy program. Gender and psychiatric diagnoses were found to have no effect on the completion of the treatment. It was seen especially that the students have not completed the program during the school term. Conclusion: Practically, this therapy program for adolescents is an easily applicaple program. The percentage of treatment completion could be increased by implementing it on holiday periods.

Key words: Adolescent, cognitive behavioral therapy, group psychotherapy



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