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The Whys and Wherefores of Support Groups: Helping People Cope

Nancy Sherman

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

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Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739110
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0026
The Whys and Wherefores of Support Groups: Helping People Cope

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This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Support group participation can increase one's sense of self-worth, purpose, and control.

For many, social support and interconnectedness are helpful in managing life-threatening illness, caregiving responsibilities, and/or loss.

Participation in groups allows not only for the participant to receive and benefit from support and education but also to gain something from providing this to others.

Group leaders determine group composition and facilitate group process to maximize benefits to participants.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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