Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Robert E. Jones, Jr.
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (76 p.)
Herpes genitalis, Group psychotherapy
Three groups of women who had been diagnosed as having genital herpes completed a series of psychological assessments over the course of the four-month research period. One group received two-hour weekly group psychotherapy sessions for eight consecutive weeks as a mode of treatment intervention. Two control groups were used for efficacy of treatment comparison. One control group consisted of regular members of a local self-help chapter for herpes victims. The second control group was formed from those volunteers willing to participate, but who did not choose, or desire, any form of treatment, Outcome measures reflected a greater improvement in psychological adjustment following group therapy for the treatment group on depression, anxiety, and physical self-esteem as compared to the two control groups. Implications from the findings of this mode of therapy for genital herpes victims are reviewed and discussed.
Ferguson, Susan D., "The psychological intervention of group therapy for women coping with genital herpes" (1984). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3296.