Mutual Help Groups for Mental Health Problems: A Review of Effectiveness Studies

@article{Pistrang2008MutualHG,
  title={Mutual Help Groups for Mental Health Problems: A Review of Effectiveness Studies},
  author={Nancy Pistrang and Chris Barker and Keith N Humphreys},
  journal={American Journal of Community Psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={42},
  pages={110-121}
}
This paper reviews empirical studies on whether participating in mutual help groups for people with mental health problems leads to improved psychological and social functioning. To be included, studies had to satisfy four sets of criteria, covering: (1) characteristics of the group, (2) target problems, (3) outcome measures, and (4) research design. The 12 studies meeting these criteria provide limited but promising evidence that mutual help groups benefit people with three types of problems… 

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