When Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy Works and When It Doesn't: Clinical Data Mining on Good and Poor CBGT Outcomes for Depression and Anxiety Among Hong Kong Chinese

Hay Ming Lo, Irwin Epstein, Siu Man Ng, Cecilia Lai Wan Chan, Cecilia Shiu Fong Kwan Ho

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The present study is a review of 672 participants who joined a cognitive-behavioral group therapy program in the community. In addition to the overall positive outcome, the researcher goes further to investigate two negative outcomes of the program as well as their predictors. The absence of using individual counseling and social worker's scoring of low energy were identified as predictors of dropout. Some cognitive and interpersonal pretreatment symptoms are found to be poor treatment outcome. Implications to social work practice and research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-472
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • anxiety
  • clinical data-mining
  • cognitive-behavioral group therapy
  • depression
  • dropout
  • outcome
  • predictor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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