Curative caring: The use of buddy groups with chronic schizophrenics

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Investigated the utility of altruism as a basis for group therapy treatment of long-term schizophrenic patients. 36 chronic male patients (mean age 41.03 yrs) were assigned to 1 of 3 group conditions: an altruistic (buddy-oriented) group, a traditional (self-oriented) group, or a no-treatment control group. Outcome results following 6 wks of therapy suggest that the altruistic group (which focused each member's attention on the facilitation of his buddy's discharge from the hospital) was more effective than the self-oriented or no-treatment groups, as measured by discharge and recidivism rates. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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