Self-Help and Mutual Aid Groups

Self-Help and Mutual Aid Groups : International and Multicultural Perspectives

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Here is new information on the development of international and intercultural research on self-help groups. This book reflects the many developments which have occurred in the field over the past decade, emphasizing empirical research. Self-Help and Mutual Aid Groups provides specific research findings and honed concepts to help health professionals learn more about self-help groups and work effectively with such groups. More countries and ethnic groups are now involved in the self-help movement, and this volume increases knowledge of how different cultures react to and participate in self-help mutual aid and how self-help groups can be adapted to fit different racial or ethnic populations. Self-Help and Mutual Aid Groups explores the definition of self-help, the centrality of culture as a major factor explaining variability in self-help, the development of appropriate methodological tools, and the role and involvement of professionals. It brings together different traditions of research for the study of cross- and intercultural and inter- and intraorganizational aspects of self-help groups. Contributors who represent various disciplines, including psychology, sociology, social work, and nursing, discuss: * a paradigm for research in self-help * the development of self-help groups in Japan, Hong Kong, and the former East Germany * the participation of blacks in Alcoholics Anonymous * the participation of Mexican Americans in groups for parents of the mentally ill * relationships between self-help groups and health professionals * predictors of burnout in self-help group leaders * characteristics of effective groups * ways individuals change their world view through self-help participation Self-Help and Mutual Aid Groups is an informative and helpful resource for self-help researchers and teachers, students, and professionals who want to be more effective in their work with self-help groups across cultural and national lines.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 212mm | 707g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138996033
  • 9781138996038

Table of contents

Contents Preface * Universal and Particular Attributes of Self-Help: A Framework for International and Intranational Analysis * Participatory Action Research as a Strategy for Studying Self-Help Groups Internationally * Self-Help Groups in Japan: Trends and Traditions * The Development of Self-Help in Germany's New Provinces (Former East Germany): The Case of Schwerin * Advocacy on Self-Help for Patients With Chronic Illness: The Hong Kong Experience * Mexican American and Anglo American Parents of the Mentally Ill: Attitudes and Participation in Family Support Groups * Are Twelve Step Programs Appropriate for Disenfranchised Groups? Evidence From a Study of Posttreatment Mutual Help Involvement * Understanding Worldview Transformation in Members of Mutual Help Groups * Partnerships Between Health Professionals and Self-Help Groups: Meanings and Mechanisms * Predictors of Burnout Among Self-Help Group Leaders * Social Climate Correlates of Effectiveness in Alliance for the Mentally Ill Groups * The Involvement of Self-Help Groups With Mental Health and Medical Professionals: The Self-Helpers' Perspective * Workshop on "Good Practice" in the Collaboration Between Professionals and Mutual Aid Groups * Self-Help Group Participation Among People With Severe Mental Illness * Conclusion * Index * Reference Notes Includedshow more