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The Handbook of Group Research and Practice

The Handbook of Group Research and Practice

June 2005 | 608 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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The Handbook of Group Research and Practice emphasizes the connections among basic research and theory, applied research, and group practice to demonstrate how theory and research translate into methods for working with groups. It is an excellent resource for students, academics, and practitioners in the fields of psychotherapy, psychology, sociology, management, communications, social work, education, and science and technology

Key Features

  • Offers a multidisciplinary and international perspective from international contributors
  • Provides a historical overview of the development of research and group practice
  • Identifies contemporary issues with an emphasis on the research agenda in the field
  • Describes seven different theoretical perspectives on how groups function
  • Addresses both traditional and new methods of studying group research
  • Advances current efforts to increase the understanding of how groups are employed and operate to solve pressing social and individual problems

The Handbook of Group Research and Practice is a unique interdisciplinary resource written by world-renowned researchers and practitioners who work with teams and groups in a variety of settings. As a result, this Handbook provides students, academics, and practitioners with the most comprehensive understanding about the latest findings and issues in group research and practice to date!  

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Susan A. Wheelan
PART I: Group Research and Practice: Then and Now
Donelson R. Forsyth and Jeni L. Burnette
1. The History of Group Research
Jennifer L. Berdahl and Kelly Bouas Henry
2. Contemporary Issues in Group Research: The Need for Integrative Theory
Sally H. Barlow, Gary M. Burlingame, and Addie J. Fuhriman
3. The History of Group Practice: A Century of Knowledge
Janice DeLucia-Waack and Cynthia R. Kalodner
4. Contemporary Issues in Group Practice
PART II: Theoretical Perspectives on Groups
Marvin H. Geller
5. The Psychoanalytic Perspective
Jonathon N. Cummings and Deborah G. Ancona
6. The Functional Perspective
Susan A. Wheelan
7. The Developmental Perspective
Michael A. Hogg
8. The Social Identity Perspective
Lawrence R. Frey and Sunwolf
9. The Communication Perspective on Group Life
Yvonne Agazarian and Susan Gantt
10. The Systems Perspective
Holly Arrow
11. Chaos, Complexity, and Catastrophe: The Nonlinear Dynamics Perspective
PART III: Methods in Group Research and Practice
Rick H. Hoyle
12. Design and Analysis of Experimental Research on Groups
Maria T. Riva and Maximillian Wachtel
13. Field Studies: A Focus on Group Research
Stephen J. Guastello
14. Nonlinear Methods for the Social Sciences
Damon M. Centola and Michael W. Macy
15. Social Life in Silico: The Science of Artificial Societies
PART IV: Applied Group Research
Tjai M. Nielsen, Eric D. Sundstrom, and Terry R. Halfhill
16. Group Dynamics and Effectiveness: Five Years of Applied Research
R. Scott Tindale, Amanda Dykema-Engblade, and Erin Wittkowski
17. Conflict Within and Between Groups
Dominic Abrams, Daniel Frings, and Georgina Randsley de Moura
18. Group Identity ad Self-Definition
Randy H. Magen and Eugene Mangiardi
19. Groups and Individual Change
Marshall Scott Poole and Huiyan Zhang
20. Virtual Teams
PART V: Group Practice: Methods and Outcomes
Gary M. Burlingame, Suad Kapetanovic, and Steven Ross
21. Group Psychotherapy
Dana E. Sims, Eduardo Salas, and C. Shawn Burke
22. Promoting Effective Team Performance Through Training
Felice Tilin and Joanne Broder Sumerson
23. Team Consultation
David W. Johnson and Roger T. Johnson
24. Learning Groups
Tricia S. Jones
25. Mediating Intragroup and Intergroup Conflict
Sunwolf and Lawrence R. Frey
26. Facilitating Group Communication
Nina W. Brown
27. Psychoeducational Groups
Miguel A. Quiñones and Kelly de Chermont
28. Skills Training Groups
Part VI: Conclusion: Charting the Future
George Anderson and Susan A. Wheelan
29. Integrating Group Research and Practice

"This comprehensive work may appeal to students and faculty in both the social sciences and business, making it a valuable supplementary reading resource for a wide variety of courses."

J. K. Downey
California State Univeristy
Key features
  • Organizes the topic into six practical sections relating theory to application from a historical perspective.
  • Describes the eight major theoretical perspectives on how groups function.
  • Advances the efforts presently being made to increase understanding of how groups operate and how groups can be employed to solve pressing social and individual problems.
  • International contributors are scholars and scholar/practitioners who reflect the diversity of the field.

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