Influence of group cohesion on the behavioral treatment of smoking

Bruce D. Etringer, Vickie R. Gregory, Harry A. Lando

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Investigated the influence of group cohesiveness on 2 multicomponent behavioral treatments of smoking by randomly assigning 72 Ss (mean age 36.4 yrs) to treatment according to an enriched vs standard cohesiveness × satiation vs nicotine fading treatment factorial design. Ss completed a brief demographic and smoking history questionnaire prior to treatment and were provided with pocket-sized record booklets to maintain a baseline record of smoking for 1 wk. Results show that enriched cohesiveness Ss scored higher on several indices of cohesion and tended to be more successful over a short term in modifying their smoking behavior. Despite the initial effects of cohesion, substantial relapse occurred in all conditions at follow-up. (25 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1080-1086
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1984


  • group cohesiveness, behavioral treatment of smoking, adults


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