Group therapy with WWII ex-POW's: Long-term posttraumatic adjustment in a geriatric population

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Abstract

In this assessment of group therapy with WWII ex-POWs, the small cohort limits generalizations; however, we offer a longitudinal perspective on group process. Posttraumatic suppression and denial of emotions appears to be adaptive for time-limited periods but is not a long-term solution. More lasting changes in self-esteem and social interaction may be partially achieved through a supportive group environment that fosters cognitive synthesis and reorganization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychotherapy
Volume47
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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  • Clinical Psychology

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