The therapeutic relationship is known to be aessential therapeutic factor for both individual and group psychotherapy. In comparison with the therapeutic dyad in the individual psycho-therapy, a greater variety of relationships exist in group psychotherapy. Next to the relation-ship to the group therapist, every patient builds a relationship with each individual group member, and then also with the therapy group itself. The therapeutic relationships, which evolve at different rates from the first group therapy session onward, are influenced by a vast number of aspects. A crucial aspect which influences all interpersonal relationships of an in-dividual areeach persons manifest attachment patterns. The literature postulates that the at-tachment patterns of a patient play a crucial role in the therapeutic relationship during indi-vidual psychotherapy.
The aim of the following study was to investigate if the connection between the attachment style of the patient and the therapeutic relationships could be found in group therapy as well. The attachment patterns of the 32 patients in group therapeutic treatment were assessed with the BochumerBindungsinventar (BoBi, Bochum attachment inventory) and the therapeutic relationships of the group psychotherapy with the Gruppenfragebogen (GQ-D, group ques-tionnaire).
In the present study no significant connection between attachment styles and the quality of the therapeutic relationships could be found.