Observations in a group of psychiatric residents: A case study

Ole J. Thienhaus

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Even in the absence of any formal group therapy or group training, many emotional and behavioral phenomena in a class of trainees can be conceptualized in group dynamic terms. Bion's model of work group versus basic assumption group is used as the theoretical frame of reference for the case studied. Behavior that does not seem conducive to the task of the trainees' group can be related to underlying emotional states of the group. Group dynamic concepts not only help in understanding group members' activities, but can also serve to develop a functional description of the chief resident's role as group leader.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • General Psychology


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