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<b>Dimensions and Predictions of Professional Involvement in Self-Help Groups:</b> <i>A View from Within</i>

Adital Tirosh Ben-Ari

in Health & Social Work

Volume 27, issue 2, pages 95-103
Published in print May 2002 | ISSN: 0360-7283
Published online May 2002 | e-ISSN: 1545-6854 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hsw/27.2.95
Dimensions and Predictions of Professional Involvement in Self-Help Groups: A View from Within

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This article focuses on an analysis of how members of self-help groups perceived professional involvement and what they defined as the dimensions of such involvement. Models to predict these identified dimensions are also suggested. The instrument developed for the study consisted of two parts: (1) demographic question and (2) 12 statements concerning self-help group members' attitudes toward professional involvement. Based on responses from 183 members of self-help groups, three categories were identified according to their main focus: groups dealing with health issues, groups dealing with alternative lifestyles, and groups based on the 12-step model. Analysis yielded two conceptually different constructs influencing group members' attitudes: collaboration and duality.

Keywords: group members' perspective; professional involvement; self-help groups

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Subjects: Social Work ; Health, Illness, and Medicine

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