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Interpersonal group therapy is based on the assumptions that psychological problems are interpersonal struggles with others and that all symptoms have interpersonal underpinnings related to how one negotiates the social environment. The primary target of change in an interpersonal group therapy is relational, but positive changes in the interpersonal realm of clients’ lives are also viewed as affecting other realms as clients generalize their learning and apply it outside the group. Interpersonal group therapy has been shown to be efficient and effective with a wide range of client problems across a variety of settings.

Historical Context

Although the earliest versions of interpersonal group therapy were developed by Joseph Pratt in the United States in the early 1900s to treat patients with tuberculosis, they were later used ...

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