ERIC Number: ED212944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Processes Analysis in Self-Help Groups: Development and Applications.
The unprecedented development of self-help groups confirms their importance, but few studies have focused on prevention and self-help groups. Two methods for investigating preventive potential are outcome studies and process analysis. To assess the presence of helping processes in self-help group meetings, a process analysis was developed to document the preventive potential of such groups and allow comparison by independent judges of various groups. The verbal interactions of three self-help groups (two similar groups and a criterion group) were recorded during three periods and subjected to content analysis. Results revealed that 14 of the initial categories were retained on the basis of their inter-judges' agreement and frequency. The findings suggest that this process analysis system can differentiate between the criterion groups and allow for analysis of subtle variations in groups of the same organizations. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).