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Review of Research on Self-Help Mutual Aid Groups

From the introduction: "For the past few decades, researchers have been evaluating the effects of self-help/mutual aid groups on participants. Most research studies of self-help groups have found important benefits of participation. Unfortunately, few of these studies has gotten into the hands of self- help group members, clearinghouse staff and others who wish to advocate for self-help/mutual aid. The purpose of this chapter is to help correct this problem by summarizing the best research on the effectiveness of self-help groups in a brief and clear fashion."