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Jeffery Allen (Committee Member), Anthony Teasdale (Committee Member), Martyn Whittingham (Committee Chair)

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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


A pilot study was completed to determine the effectiveness of Focused Brief Group Therapy (FBGT; Whittingham, 2008) in a college counseling center. The study focused on individuals with elevated scores on scale 8, also known as the socially uninhibited subtype, of the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems. This scale has been described by researchers as potentially problematic in treatment (Burlingame, 2005) and also appeared in high numbers as referrals at a mid-western college counseling center. Pre-existing data from the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems (IIP-32; Horowitz et al., 2000) and the Counseling Center Assessment of Psychological Symptoms (CCAPS; Center for Collegiate Mental Health, 2012) was analyzed prior to and after completion of FBGT. It was hypothesized that upon completion of group therapy there would be statistically significant decreases in the following domains: Scale 8 and Total Interpersonal Distress on the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems, as well as the Depression Scale on the Counseling Center Assessment of Psychological Symptoms. Results indicated a total population decrease on Scale 8 and Total Interpersonal Distress scale on the IIP-32 but not on the CCAPS scales. Future research should assess typical patterns of distress and change for this population to optimize treatment outcomes.

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Department or Program

School of Professional Psychology

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Psychology Commons