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An analysis of groups in consumer-centered programs
Yale University.
University of Michigan.
Ohio University.
Eastern Michigan University.
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2006 (English)In: American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, ISSN 1548-7768, E-ISSN 1548-7776, Vol. 9, no 3, p. 219-240Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study used a mixed methods approach to describe and analyze data from groups observed in two types of mental health consumer-centered programs, namely consumer-run drop-in centers and clubhouses. An overview of consumer-centered programs is presented, followed by a report of the study which includes a description of the groups in the sample and data on the effects of group process and group leader characteristics on group functioning. Results indicate that, for the most part, the groups were task oriented (e.g., planning events or discussing issues about the center). Psychoeducation and recovery were also frequent topics in the group meetings. In terms of group participation, consumers took on various assignments, served as facilitators, assumed tasks and roles, shared experiences, and provided support to other group participants. A major finding is that group leaders displayed both good and poor leadership behaviors. The good leadership behaviors were often efforts to respond to problematic responses of members and poor leadership behaviors often elicited such responses. The qualitative analysis provided examples of how these behaviors affected the group sessions. This pilot study, by identifying some of the group conditions present in such groups, should lead to new studies that are based on specific hypotheses concerning the relationships that exist among group conditions, interventions to improve such conditions, and outcomes for participants. 

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2006. Vol. 9, no 3, p. 219-240
Keywords [en]
Consumer-centered services, Group analysis, Group work, Mental illness, Psychaitric rehabilitation services, consumer, data analysis, health program, human, hypothesis, leadership, mental health service, outcome assessment, priority journal, psychoeducation, qualitative analysis, review, social behavior
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-38558DOI: 10.1080/15487760600962152Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33750824310OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-38558DiVA, id: diva2:1659635
Available from: 2022-05-20 Created: 2022-05-20 Last updated: 2022-05-20Bibliographically approved

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