Professionals in Mutual Help Groups: Impact on Social Climate and Members' Behavior

Paul A. Toro, Thomas M. Reischl, Marc A. Zimmerman, Julian Rappaport, Edward Seidman, Douglas A. Luke, Linda J. Roberts

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Abstract

This study assessed the impact of professional involvement in mutual help groups for the mentally ill. Social climate data and behavioral data on members in groups led either by a mental health professional (n = 36) or an indigenous group member (n = 70) were compared. The results of the study indicated a more formal, psychologically directed approach in the professionally led groups. Although professional involvement in mutual help groups does not necessarily produce different member outcomes, it does seem to affect both the perceptions and the behavior of members. Professionals should be cautious when they get involved in mutual help groups to avoid professionalizing them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-632
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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