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The paper reviews the academic literature on gestalt therapy and focuses on some of the quantitative and qualitative studies that explore the impact of gestalt therapy on relieving psychological anxiety in subject groups. The paper looks at how cultural integration can influence gestalt therapy and how it can permit this therapy to assist people in optimizing their quality of life and psychological well-being. The paper concludes that while the scholarly literature is not uniformly in favor of gestalt therapy, the academic view is generally a favorable one.
From the Paper:"The number of purely qualitative studies that have been done on gestalt therapy is actually rather small; for the most part, it appears as though researchers prefer studies that are predominantly quantitative in nature - or studies that are a "mix" of qualitative and quantitative measures. As one consequence of this emphasis upon statistical measures, several of the studies pored over by this writer utilized bivariate and multivariate regression analysis to control for variables such as age, ethnicity and gender (sometimes also for socio-economic status) but these studies also used descriptive or qualitative devices to contextualize (or, more importantly, to defend) their empirical findings."
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Gestalt Therapy (2008, March 31) Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/gestalt-therapy-102767/
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