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Self Help in Health and Social Welfare

England and West Germany, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Humble, Judith Unell


172 pages

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Originally published in 1989, Self Help in Health and Social Welfare looks at the current World Health Organization policy that encourages self-help in health. The book suggests that this can more readily be achieved by international collaboration and exchange of ideas. England and West Germany are both advanced industrialized societies with complex and highly developed health and social welfare systems and resilient voluntary sectors. Much can therefore be learnt by comparing their experiences. This book reports developments and initiatives from these two countries, covering issues such as the institutional context, evaluating self-help, public policy and support for self-help.

Table of Contents


Introduction, Judith Unell

Part I: National Structures and Policies

1. Some Remarks on West Germany’s Health and Welfare System and the Position of Self Help, Jürgen Matzat

2. Government Policy on Self Help Groups in England, Stephen Humble

Part II: The International Context

3. Politics and Policies on Self Help: Notes on the International Scene, Jan Branckaerts and Ann Richardson

Part III: The Evaluation of Self Help

Introductory, Jill Vincent

4. The Developments of Self Help Organizations: Dilemmas and Ambiguities, Tina Posner

5. ‘I Don’t Believe in Data…’, Jill Vincent

6. Why We Need Data: Observations on Evaluation Research in Health-Related Self Help, Dieter Grunow

Part IV: Local Support for Self Help

Introductory Note, Judith Unell

7. On Support for Self Help Groups at the Local Level, Jürgen Matzat and Astrid Estorff

8. The Contact and Information Centre for Self Help Groups in Hamburg: How It Was Set Up, Astrid Estorff

9. Local Support for Self Help Groups: A Future Task for the Health Social and Education Services, Helmut Breitkopf

10. English Self Help Support in Context, Judith Unell

11. From Philosophy to Partnership, Judy Wilson

12. Local Support for Self Help. More Difficult than it Looks, Judith Unell

Concluding Notes, Stephen Humble

Bibliographic References


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General