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Self-help Groups
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Self-help groups are voluntary, usually loosely organized groups of individuals whose activity is directed at common ways of dealing with illnesses, psychological problems, or social difficulties they face, either personally or as family members. They meet regularly as discussion groups, often weekly. Their goal is to alter the circumstances of their personal lives and (less often) the social and political environment. The “anonymous” groups modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)…

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Murken, Sebastian, “Self-help Groups”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025443>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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