Click here to download

Group psychotherapy from the perspective of constructivism
Author/s: Poma Stefano Zanone, Alessandra Berto, Maria Cristina Ortu 
Year:  2013 Issue: 32 Language: Italian 
Pages:  13 Pg. 109-121 FullText PDF:  446 KB
DOI:  10.3280/QPC2013-032008
(DOI is like a bar code for intellectual property: to have more infomation:  clicca qui   and here 

Group-therapy is targeted at the promotion of personal awareness by identifying own and others’ roles in the context of a new experience of relations. Stemming from George Kelly’s basic principles, the authors review personal construct psychology and its hermeneutic approach in their applicability to group setting by viewing the circularity of multiple reciprocal relations (and their "viability"). Then, some interesting treatment protocols are exposed. In the authors’ opinion, constructivist method can be feasible both for focused therapies and medium-long ones; this thanks to a variability of techniques that can be used depending on the personal construct systems of the participants and on the ongoing process in the group. Constructivist group-therapy may represent a valuable tool in the institutional context whether in out-patients facilities or in therapeutic communities.
Keywords: Psychotherapy, group, constructivism, hermeneutics

  1. Bion W.R. (1961). Experiences in groups. London: Tavistock (trad it. Esperienze nei gruppi. Roma: Armando, 1983).
  2. Butt T. (2008). George Kelly: the psychology of personal constructs. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (trad. it. George Kelly e la psicologia dei costrutti personali. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2009).
  3. Chiari G., Nuzzo M.L. (1996). Psychological constructivisms: a meta-theoretical differentiation. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 9: 163-184., DOI: 10.1080/1072053960840466
  4. Chiari G., Nuzzo M.L. (2004). Steering personal construct theory toward hermeneutic constructivism.
  5. In Bridges S.K., Raskin J.D. (eds.), Studies in meaning 2: bridging the personal and social in constructivist psychology. New York: Pace University Press.
  6. Chiari G., Nuzzo M.L. (2009). Constructivist Psychotherapy: A narrative hermeneutic approach. London: Routledge.
  7. De Leo G., Dighera B., Gallizoli E. (2005) (a cura di). La narrazione nel lavoro di gruppo. Roma: Carocci Faber.
  8. Epting F.R. (1990). Psicoterapia dei costrutti personali. Firenze: Psycho, G. Martinelli editore.
  9. Fassone G. (2004). Overview. Stato dell’arte della psicoterapia di gruppo cognitivocomportamentale nel trattamento dei principali disturbi psichiatrici. Modelli, metodi, efficacia. Cognitivismo Clinico, 1: 85-107.
  10. Frances M. (2008). Stages of group development – a PCP approach. Personal Construct Theory & Practice, 5: 10-18.
  11. Freud S. (1913). Totem e Tabù. In S. Freud (2003). Opere, vol. VII. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri.
  12. Freud S. (1921). Psicologia delle masse e analisi dell’Io. In S. Freud (2000). Opere, vol. IX. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri.
  13. Gillmann-Smith I., Watson S. (2005). Personal Construct Group Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. In D.A. Winter, L.L. Viney (eds.), Personal Construct Psychotherapy: Advances in Theory, Practice and Research. London: Whurr ed.
  14. Kelly G.A. (1955). The psychology of personal construct. Voll. I e II. New York: WW Norton.
  15. Kelly G.A. (2004). La psicologia dei costrutti personali. Teoria e personalità. Milano: Raffaello Cortina.
  16. Lewin K. (1952). Field theory in social science: selected theorical papers. New York: Harper and Brothers.
  17. Linehan M.M. (2001). Trattamento cognitivo-comportamentale del disturbo borderline. Il modello dialettico. Milano: Raffaello Cortina.
  18. Maturana H. (1993). Autocoscienza e realtà. Milano: Raffaello Cortina.
  19. Moreno J.L. (1946). Psychodrama. First Volume. New York: Beacon House (trad. it. Manuale di psicodramma. Roma: Astrolabio, 1985).
  20. Nitsun M. (1996). The Anti-Group. Destructive forces in the group and their creative potential. London: Routledge.
  21. Piaget J. (1965). Études sociologiques. Genève: Droz (trad. it. Studi sociologici. Milano: Franco Angeli, 1989).
  22. Slavson S.R. (1962). An introduction to group therapy. New York: The Commonwealth Fund.
  23. Truneckova D., Viney LL. (2005). Personal Construct Group work with troubled adolescents. In D.A. Winter, L.L. Viney. Personal Construct Psychotherapy: Advances in Theory, Practice and Research. London: Whurr. von Glasersfeld E. (1980). Viability and the concept of selection. American Psychologist. 35: 970-974.
  24. Yalom I.D. (1970). The theory and practice of group psychotherapy. New York: Basic
  25. Books (trad. it. Teoria e pratica della psicoterapia di gruppo. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 1997).

Poma Stefano Zanone, Alessandra Berto, Maria Cristina Ortu, Group psychotherapy from the perspective of constructivism in "QUADERNI DI PSICOTERAPIA COGNITIVA" 32/2013, pp. 109-121, DOI:10.3280/QPC2013-032008


FrancoAngeli is a member of Publishers International Linking Association a not for profit orgasnization wich runs the CrossRef service, enabing links to and from online scholarly content