Measuring How Systems-Centered® Members Connect with Group Dynamics: FSQ-2 Construct Validity

Kaitlyn E. Whitcomb, Richard M. O’Neill, Gary M. Burlingame, Jacqueline Mogle, Susan P. Gantt, Jennifer A.N. Cannon, Tristin Roney

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Abstract

Understanding and intervening at the connection between group dynamics and member behavior has been a long-standing challenge. Functional subgrouping (FS) is the core Systems-centered training and therapy (SCT) method and is hypothesized to solve vexing member/group dynamic problems such as scapegoating. The self-report Functional Subgrouping Questionnaire-2 (FSQ-2) was developed to measure the amount of functional subgrouping in a group. The current FSQ-2 construct validity study aims to determine whether: 1) FSQ-2 scores change across sessions; 2) level of SCT experience is related to scores; and 3) SCT experience moderates change in FSQ-2 scores over SCT training. Results from groups at various SCT training events showed higher FSQ-2 responses for those with greater SCT experience, and increased scores over time. However, change over time on most FSQ-2 items did not depend on SCT experience level. Findings provide further support for the construct validity of the FSQ-2, and thus also for the SCT model. Suggestions for future SCT/FSQ-2 research are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-183
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Group Psychotherapy
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 3 2018

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