Mutual Support Groups
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Mutual support groups are small groups formed on a voluntary basis by people who share the same life difficulty and help each other improve their well-being. A mutual support group is a peer-led one, with a structure expressly devoted to developing and enhancing reciprocity (Steinberg 2014). In these groups, through sharing and dialogue, experiential knowledge and expertise emerge from participants; are spelled out in words, compared, and provided with some structure; and thus become useful for all participants (Borkman 1976).
Having originated in the United States in the 1950s particularly for people with alcohol addiction, these groups quickly spread all over the world to help participants cope with a wide range of life problems.
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