Self-help groups: The members' perspectives

  title={Self-help groups: The members' perspectives},
  author={Bob G Knight and Richard W. Wollert and Leon H. Levy and Cynthia L. Frame and V P Padgett},
  journal={American Journal of Community Psychology},
The emergence of self-help groups as an important source of help-giving for persons with psychological problems has occurred without a systematic attempt to tap an important source of information about this phenomenon: the members themselves. Eighty members of nine self-help groups were surveyed. The results of this study suggest that self-help groups serve a different population than do professional therapists, that the help-giving processes are mainly supportive in nature, and that an… 

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