Towards an ecological understanding of mutual-help groups: the social ecology of "fit".

@article{Maton1989TowardsAE,
  title={Towards an ecological understanding of mutual-help groups: the social ecology of "fit".},
  author={Kenneth I. Maton},
  journal={American journal of community psychology},
  year={1989},
  volume={17 6},
  pages={729-53}
}
Adopted an ecological framework to view mutual-help groups, and illustrated its usefulness by examining aspects of the social ecology of "fit" among 163 members of Compassionate Friends (bereaved parents; CF), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Overeaters Anonymous (OA) groups. Concerning person-group fit, personal Spirituality was positively related to (a) Providing Support, and to (b) Group Satisfaction for members of a group whose helping ecology emphasized "reliance on a higher power" (OA… CONTINUE READING