An integrative model for group work in community organization practice

Ram A. Cnaan, Hadasa Adar

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The task of organizing groups of activists that will toil toward solving their problems is the ideological basis of community organization in general, and especially self-help programs in particular. After reviewing literature on the subject and conducting in-depth interviews with community organizers that succeeded in activating groups of community residents, a general model is presented. This model describes the basic stages and principal contents the group acquires during their progression from a collection of individuals suffering from a specific problem, to an active organization that solves problems. The model may be used by field workers, instructors and supervisors, and community organization teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-24
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Work with Groups
Issue number3
StatePublished - 21 Dec 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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