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Support Groups

Vicki S. Helgeson and Benjamin H. Gottlieb

in Social Support Measurement and Intervention

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Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780195126709
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190261870 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med:psych/9780195126709.003.0007
Support Groups

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This chapter explores support groups and social support. It outlines what a support group is, and discusses theories underlying peer support groups, the effectiveness of peer support groups, and difficulties that they present. Strategies for optimizing the style and effectiveness of support groups are also explored.

Keywords: social relationships; support groups; peer support; social support intervention; social networks

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Subjects: Clinical Psychology ; Research Methods in Clinical Psychology

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