The Measure of Mental Health Vital Signs


The Group Climate Questionnaire (GCQ-S) developed by Dr. K. R. MacKenzie, measures how members regard their group experience. It looks at the positive working group atmosphere, identifies anger or tension of the group and indicates avoidance of personal responsibilities of group work.

The GCQ-S is the short version of the Group Climate Questionnaire. It is a 12 item questionnaire designed as a self report to assess individual group members' perceptions of the group's therapeutic environment. 

The GCQ-S consists of three factor-analytically derived subscales, Engagement, Avoidance,and Conflict.

  • Engagement describes the positive working group atmosphere
  • Conflict reflects tension and anger in the group
  • Avoidance describes the behavior indicating avoidance of personal responsibility of group work by the members
The GCQ-S is available in the The OQ® Analyst.

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