Outcome research

Using the meta-analytic method, Robinson et al.fy.51) focused on 58 controlled studies of psychotherapy for the treatment of depression and showed that the average treated patient was better off than 80 per cent of waiting-list controls. The efficacy of group and individual therapy was almost identical. Tyllitski (15.2) reported no appreciable difference between individual and group therapy effectiveness, with both doing better than the control condition. Budman et al.(153) found significant improvement in time-limited individual and group therapies. Overall, most reviews show no appreciable outcome differences between group and individual therapies—both are effective. This confirms the study by Toseland and Siporin, (154) who also showed that in some studies group therapy produced more favourable results than individual therapy. An overall conclusion is that patients who are suitable for psychotherapy will benefit in either modality. A carefully constructed study by Lorentzen^ has shown significant changes on measures of symptoms, interpersonal problems, target complaints, and psychosocial functioning after about 100 sessions of outpatient group-analytic therapy.

Breaking Bulimia

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We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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