| Education for health - A manual on health education in primary health care |
|Chapter 5: Health education with groups|
Working with groups is a major activity in health education. When people get together to identify, define, and solve a problem, they have many more resources than when they work individually. Groups can often do things that several individuals could not do by themselves. Groups support their members in the practice of health behavior. They also enable people to learn from each other.
This chapter first considers:
- What is a group?
- Formal groups and informal gatherings
- People's behavior in formal groups
Then, after a discussion of the value of group education health education methods in relation to the following groups are dealt with in some detail:
- Informal groups or gatherings
- Formal groups or associations
- Discussion groups
- Self-help groups
- The school classroom
- Health education at the work-site
- Case studies
- A group training session
- The health team
- Conducting meetings
Each group has a personality of its own. Each group also has a different potential for action. To work effectively with a group, it is important to use the methods that are best suited to that group.