Encounter of a racially mixed group with stressful situations

Author: Berger, Roni

Source: Groupwork An Interdisciplinary Journal for Working with Groups, 31 December 2009, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 57-76(20)

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Abstract:

This conceptual article focuses on the dynamics of ethnically/racially mixed groups in the encounter with a highly stressful situation. To inform the understanding of groups at the intersection of stress and racially mixed group composition, stress and group work literature is critically reviewed and analyzed. Anchored in theoretical, clinical and empirical literature about small groups as microcosms of societal structure and power relationships, specifically as it relates to race and ethnicity, group processes that occur when an ethnically/racially mixed group experiences a stressful event are discussed.

The challenges that such an experience poses to the group are presented and illustrated by the use of anecdotal examples from the author's national and international experience as a social work practitioner, educator and trainer. Implications for practice and directions for future research are offered.

Keywords: GROUP COMPOSITION; GROUP COPING; GROUPWORK; RACIALLY MIXED GROUP; STRESSFUL ENCOUNTER

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1921/095182410X510400

Publication date: December 31, 2009

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