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ERIC Number: ED158170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Group Interactions Among the Elderly and Group Therapy Interventions.
Lakin, M.; And Others
Methods developed for investigating group processes and contents among four Senior Citizens' discussion groups are described. The process dimensions are boundary behaviors, subgrouping, normative behaviors, organizing, establishing personal significance, group and leader interchanges, self disclosures, conflict, support, and emotional atmosphere. Content categories include physiological, security, belongingness/love, esteem, and self actualization concerns and satisfactions. Analysis of variance and correlational techniques are used to assess frequencies of occurrence of these dimensions and categories and the relationships among them. It is shown that one may analyze process and content elements of group behavior among these aged. It is argued that viewing groups of elderly participants in these terms will yield advantages for application of group helping techniques. The contention is that group helping techniques should be geared to the naturally occurring group processes at the appropriate developmental stages for their intended beneficiaries. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Gerontological Society (29th, New York, N.Y., October, 1977)