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Int Disabil Stud. 1990 Apr-Jun;12(2):66-9.

Do self-help groups help?

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  • 1Department of Sociology, City of London Polytechnic, UK.


There is an increasing number of self-help groups. The British Diabetic Association has recently supported the development of such groups for people with diabetes. In the present research, eight self-help groups for diabetics were studied. This report describes the reasons given by group leaders for wanting to start such groups and analyses what was discussed in them. The observations reported suggest that the groups provided social-psychological support.

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