Abstract

This article describes the use of The Book of Questions (Stock, 1987) as a tool for assessment and as a catalyst for social interaction in an acute short-term inpatient psychiatric unit. Examples of questions and how they can be used to provide information for the evaluation of personality style and social and interpersonal skills are provided. Group objectives, membership criteria and format, and leadership techniques are discussed. Analysis of the group activity and patients’ responses to the group indicates that a group structured around The Book of Questions facilitates social interaction and is easily transferable to social activities outside of the structured therapeutic group setting and hospital environment.

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