linear model of cohesion

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A model that originated in psychotherapy, but has been applied to development of cohesion within a group. The model suggests that cohesion develops through well-defined progressive developmental stages. The stages have been referred to as forming, storming, norming, and performing. The forming stage occurs when the group members first meet and is characterized by orientation problems; the storming stage follows and is characterized by conflict; during the norming stage the group comes together and cohesion is enhanced; and finally the performing stage is characterized by the group working together to achieve its goals and directives.

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