Group Maturity in a Community-Based Project

John W. Murphy, Berkeley A. Franz, Karen A. Callaghan

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Community-based projects have become popular as a method to address various community problems. Specifically important is that community members take an active role in these interventions resulting in sustainable social change. Although considerable literature exists on the dynamics of small group interaction, this article addresses how group processes differ in community-based projects. Instead of constructing a static model for group interaction, this discussion focuses on experiences from a recent community-based health project on the island of Grenada. Because community-based projects are directed by a diverse group of community members, maturity is described as a process of negotiation rather than consensus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-347
Number of pages7
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 28 2016


  • Community-based interventions
  • community-based philosophy
  • health committees
  • lay community health workers
  • small group interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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