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Title: An investigation of the information culture of self-help groups
Authors: Bradley, Caroline A.
Issue Date: 1992
Publisher: © C.A. Bradley
Abstract: Self-help groups are prevalent in modern society. They are formed by people who share a common problem and join together to alleviate or solve this. They are effective in empowering people in a variety of ways. This study investigates the role of information in this process. Both the history and current status of self-help are discussed. The research which forms the core of this study was carried out amongst groups in Nottingham. The Nottingham Self Help Team is a prominant selfhelp 'clearinghouse'. Its resources and initiatives have helped to create a healthy community of self-help groups in the locality. The area under investigation was the information needs of groups, their methods of fulfilling them and the level of resultant success. The researcher visited several diverse groups. She gathered data by observation, interview and a questionnaire that was distributed to individual group members. The data is presented in the form of case studies. A high degree of competence was displayed by the groups. There was general satisfaction with the quality of information collected, however the exploitation of information sources was largely unadventurous. National organisations played a positive role.
Description: A Master's Dissertation, submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Arts degree of Loughborough University.
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/10395
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