Don't Fear the Social Relations Model: Reply to Piper, Ogrodniczuk, Lamarche, and Joyce
By studying actual therapy groups and using a sophisticated design to determine that clients who are held in higher esteem by their fellow group members show greater improvement over the course of therapy, Piper, Ogrodniczuk, Lamarche, and Joyce (this issue) have made a significant contribution to the group psychotherapy literature. Unfortunately, Piper et al. focused much of their discussion on the difficulties they faced using the social relations model (SRM) and the statistical program SOREMO. Although the SRM is not simple and it takes practice to run SOREMO, the analytic alternative proposed by Piper et al. has a number of serious limitations that prevents it from being a viable alternative. There is much to be gained from learning the SRM;for those group therapists and researchers who do not want to learn the SRM, they can always consult or collaborate with SRM researchers.
International Journal of Group Psychotherapy
Marcus, D. K.
(2006). Don't Fear the Social Relations Model: Reply to Piper, Ogrodniczuk, Lamarche, and Joyce. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 56(2), 211-219.
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