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1st Edition

Self-Help and Mutual Aid Groups
International and Multicultural Perspectives

ISBN 9781138996038
Published May 13, 2016 by Routledge
384 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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 Included

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