Effects of the Satir model on mental health: A randomized controlled trial

Kwok Wai LAU, Pamela Pui-Yu LEUNG, Catherine Lai-Ping CHUNG

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Objective: This randomized controlled trial examined the effect of an intensive experiential workshop based on the Satir growth model (SGM) that aims at cultivating self-transformation.
Method: Ninety-six adult participants were randomly assigned to the intervention group (52 participants) or the wait-list control group. The role of self-transformation, measured by the Perceived Self-Transformation Scale, in the relationship between affects and mental health problems was examined using mediation analyses.
Results: After the workshop, the intervention group demonstrated higher levels of self-transformation (η² = .308, p < .001), as well as significant improvement (p < .001) in positive (η² = .557) and negative (η² = .293) affects, self-esteem (η² = .538), spirituality (η² = .473), and mental health problems (η² = .386). Importantly, increased self-transformation after the workshop partially mediated the relationship between reduced negative affect and mental health problems in the intervention group (indirect effect: β = 0.163, 95% confidence interval [0.035, 0.343]).
Conclusion: Findings of this study suggest that the SGM-based intervention can be effective in ameliorating mental health problems. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)775-785
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number7
Early online dateDec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2019


Lau, W. K.-W., Leung, P. P.-Y., & Chung, C. L.-P. (2019). Effects of the Satir model on mental health: A randomized controlled trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(7), 775-785. doi: 10.1177/1049731518819829


  • Counseling
  • Mental health problems
  • Personal growth
  • Satir growth model
  • Self-transformation


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