Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 143–160

Perceived costs and benefits of membership in a self-help group: Comparisons of members and nonmembers of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill

  • Shelley Norton
  • Abraham Wandersman
  • Charles R. Goldman

DOI: 10.1007/BF00756340

Cite this article as:
Norton, S., Wandersman, A. & Goldman, C.R. Community Ment Health J (1993) 29: 143. doi:10.1007/BF00756340


We assess the utility of looking at the costs/barriers and benefits/incentives of belonging to an Aliance for the Mentally Ill (AMI) self-help group. Support for bimotivational factors of costs and benefits was found. Comparisons were made between members vs. nonmembers and between more active vs. less active members. Implications for theory and application are discussed.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shelley Norton
    • 1
  • Abraham Wandersman
    • 2
  • Charles R. Goldman
    • 3
  1. 1.Network Mental Health ServicesPortland
  2. 2.Dept. of PsychologyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbia
  3. 3.Dept. of NeuropsychiatryUniversity of South CarolinaColumbia