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ERIC Number: ED176163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Pages: 25
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Reference Count: 0
Group Processes in Helping Groups: Toward a Developmental Perspective.
Lakin, Martin; And Others
Group interaction research typically focusses on behavior under "laboratory" conditions rather than in less contrived situations. Observation of natural group behaviors at different ages can effect a better understanding of their occurrence and patterning at various developmental stages. Knowledge of age-related group behavior tendencies could benefit socialization therapy, and peer-social experience knowledge. Group helping, using a discussion-support-group format, was chosen for a group combining elderly, older university students, and young college students. The elderly and older exceeded the young in boundary behaviors, conflicts, self-disclosures, and frequency of leader interventions. The groups were similar in support manifestations, subgrouping, organizing, and such group initiations to the leader as appeals, queries, and comments. For both general groups, self-disclosure coincided with support, while group-to-leader initiatives negatively correlated with conflict, as did boredom with conflict and self-disclosure. Various possibilities for the significance of the elderly boundary behavior exist, but caution in their interpretation is suggested. However, the findings do encourage the idea of developmental group interaction and the eventual improvement of group helping facilitation for different age groups. (LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Developmental (5th Biennial, Lund, Sweden, June 25-29, 1979)