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Table 2 Comparison of MFG-SCI and control treatment (SCIEC)

From: Comparison of two psycho-educational family group interventions for improving psycho-social outcomes in persons with spinal cord injury and their caregivers: a randomized-controlled trial of multi-family group intervention versus an active education control condition

Treatment Component MFG-SCI SCIEC
Therapeutic Strategy Skills training, problem solving, support Information only
Contents SCI effects on the body, maximizing function, coping, living and staying healthy with SCI SCI effects on the body, maximizing function, coping, living and staying healthy with SCI
Target Group Persons with SCI and caregivers All persons with SCI and caregivers
Use of Group Dynamics/ Cohesion Social support promoted: Entire group participates in problem-solving for each dyad and gives support and encouragement Social support minimized: Individual health issues not discussed, education is general, group interaction minimized
Therapeutic Stance Educator stance is collaborative Educator stance is didactic
Room Set-up Round table Lecture style (all chairs face forward)
Source of Material Drawn from everyday problems brought in by group members Supplied by educator
Homework Assigned and reviewed at the start of the following session Handouts but not homework provided