Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Work Policy Planning and Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Kossak

Second Advisor

Hattie M. Mitchell

Third Advisor

Vimala Pillari


This study presents a congruent approach to working individuals completing group therapy in a respective treatment modality. Common statistics explain that 30% of individuals do not return after the first session group therapy. A correlation study was used to link the group members’ perception of their leader and their perception of treatment modality efficacy. Results of the research indicate that men are twice as likely to perceive their treatment modality effective when they perceive their leader effective in group social work. There is a statistical significance of .039 between perception of leader and treatment modality. The implication of the correlation provides an understanding as to the therapeutic alliance of leader and client. This research would aid in increasing retention rates when working with clients receiving group services in mental health.

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