Understanding the Self-Help Organization: Frameworks and Findings

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Overview

While the term "self-help" is sometimes used to refer to a low-cost, solitary activity, more often it refers to an organized social activity that in the United States alone involves 7.5 million people. Alcoholics Anonymous by itself enrolls huge numbers of people and has an enormous impact on the professional treatment system for alcoholics. In the mental health field, a vigorous consumer and family movement - including groups such as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association - involves hundreds of thousands of members and has caught the attention of the professional system. Understanding the Self-Help Organization provides detailed, comprehensive coverage of this phenomenon. This comprehensive volume focuses attention on three critical areas: public policy and self-help, participation - particularly by minorities - in self-help, and explanatory frameworks. Powell concludes this extraordinary volume with six chapters of case studies and important findings within self-help activities. Timely and provocative, Understanding the Self-Help Organization is essential reading for researchers, professionals, scholars, and students in the fields of counseling psychology, organization studies, psychology, and social work.

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Editorial Reviews

Audrey K. Gordon
This book focuses attention on four important areas in the field of self-help: public policy; explanatory frameworks; participation in self-help of diverse populations; and an accumulation of important findings about self-help. Its intent is to offer original insights on self-help. The purpose is to stimulate further identification of areas in which knowledge needs to be developed in the field of self-help. The reader is encouraged by the editor ""to read deeply and critically"" keeping in mind the possibility of contributing to the next stage of maturity in the self-help field. The book covers new ground in self-help that has not been addressed in a systematic fashion before; however, the four areas identified in the description seem more of a structural imposition on the articles written by the various authors than a well-planned heuristic framework. This probably says as much about the organization and maturity of the discipline as it does about the book, a developmental issue the editor readily acknowledges. This target audience for the book is professionals in the field of self-help involved in research or policy-making. About half the articles have tables and graphs varying in degrees of clarity and usefulness. One of the most helpful features of the book is the extensive and current references cited after each article. The presentation of the book is straightforward with an uncluttered typeface and chapter organization. This book offers useful insights into the current state of research and conceptual models in the field of self-help. There are few books available with this specific focus. The reader may be surprised at the diversity of self-help groups and how the paradigms forself-help differ within the field. The book is suitable for academic libraries and self-help professionals, but is not oriented to the consumer of self-help services or the lay public.
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Reviewer: Audrey K. Gordon, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book focuses attention on four important areas in the field of self-help: public policy; explanatory frameworks; participation in self-help of diverse populations; and an accumulation of important findings about self-help. Its intent is to offer original insights on self-help.
Purpose: The purpose is to stimulate further identification of areas in which knowledge needs to be developed in the field of self-help. The reader is encouraged by the editor "to read deeply and critically" keeping in mind the possibility of contributing to the next stage of maturity in the self-help field. The book covers new ground in self-help that has not been addressed in a systematic fashion before; however, the four areas identified in the description seem more of a structural imposition on the articles written by the various authors than a well-planned heuristic framework. This probably says as much about the organization and maturity of the discipline as it does about the book, a developmental issue the editor readily acknowledges.
Audience: This target audience for the book is professionals in the field of self-help involved in research or policy-making.
Features: About half the articles have tables and graphs varying in degrees of clarity and usefulness. One of the most helpful features of the book is the extensive and current references cited after each article. The presentation of the book is straightforward with an uncluttered typeface and chapter organization.
Assessment: This book offers useful insights into the current state of research and conceptual models in the field of self-help. There are few books available with this specific focus. The reader may be surprised at the diversity of self-help groups and how the paradigms for self-help differ within the field. The book is suitable for academic libraries and self-help professionals, but is not oriented to the consumer of self-help services or the lay public.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803954878
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/24/1994
  • Pages: 360

Table of Contents

Preface: Some Comments on Knowledge Development in the Self-Help Field
1 Self-Help Research and Policy Issues 1
2 Agency Involvement with Self-Help Programs and Quality of Mental Health Services for Older Adults 20
3 Problems in Assessing Prevalence and Membership Characteristics of Self-Help Group Participants 32
4 African-American Participation in Self-Help Groups 50
5 Researching Mutual-Help Group Participation in a Segregated Society 62
6 Individual, Group Context, and Individual-Group Fit Predictors of Self-Help Group Attendance 88
7 Narrative Studies, Personal Stories, and Identity Transformation in the Mutual-Help Context 115
8 Moving Beyond the Individual Level of Analysis in Mutual-Help Group Research: An Ecological Paradigm 136
9 Roles for Mental Health Consumers in Self-Help Group Research 154
10 The Naturalistic Paradigm as an Approach to Research With Mutual-Help Groups 172
11 The Self-Help Clearinghouse: A New Development in Action Research for Community Psychology 190
12 Self-Help for Sickle Cell Disease in African-American Communities 212
13 Identifying the Experiential Knowledge Developed Within a Self-Help Group 227
14 Twelve Steps for Everyone? Lesbians in Al-Anon 247
15 Understanding Self-Help Groups 272
16 Self-Help Groups for Families With Mental Illness or Alcoholism 293
17 The Role of Self-Help Programs in the Rehabilitation of Persons With Severe Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders 314
Index 331
About the Authors 340
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