Groupwork Skills

Part of the Practical Social Work book series


Individuals do not develop their personalities, relationships and ways of coping with the world in isolation. From the moment of birth infants are faced with the need to form relationships with their parents, who will be the means of providing the warmth, comfort and food essential for survival. Shortly afterwards children’s experience commonly includes more than one adult, and often other children. Subsequently they will progress to relationships in the nursery, the school, friends near their home, all of which will provide them with a means of establishing patterns of behaviour, gaining an identity and learning a variety of roles.


Social Worker Group Leader Group Dynamic Apply Psychology Naive Subject 
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Further Reading

  1. Most social psychology textbooks deal with group dynamics, but Aronson’s The Social Animal (1980) provides a clear and readable overview of the main theories. Douglas (1978) and Brown (1979) are useful introductions to groupwork.Google Scholar

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© British Association of Social Workers 1984

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