ERIC Number: ED032555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Anxieties of Group Leaders in Police-Community Confrontations.
O'Connell, Walter E.; Hanson, Philip G.
In a community confrontation program with police and community members, group leaders face many problems dissimilar from those found in group therapy. Dealing with authority (police) was difficult when the leader held a low self-esteem. Dealing with very vocal, rebellious community members presented difficulties in accepting their reports as truth and not fantasy. Group maintenance was a problem since the leader had no control over group membership or community attendance. Neither group (police or community) trusted the leader. Police had to drop their defensiveness and community members had to learn to accept police as human beings before progress could be made. The varied goals of the members had to be considered. With no practical goals in common, the leader had difficulty designing a tactical plan for these confrontations. Suggestions for developing group humor are given. The leader's awareness of community politics, resources, and history is helpful if he is to be a group catalyst in a short period of time. References are included in this report. (KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper was presented at the 76th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California, August 30--September 3, 1968.