What can social work practice learn from research on online support groups?

Camilla Pauliina Granholm

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperScientific


This article presents a selective review of scholarly approaches to online support groups, to assess the relevance of current research to social work practice, and to suggest future directions. We found that methodological individualism thrives in the literature, while studies on positional factors such as the dynamics deriving from the positions of the client and the professional, are comparatively rare. With our focus on client work, we argue that the development of social work practices would benefit from a more explicit investigation of the interaction between clients and professionals in the research concerning online support groups.
Translated title of the contributionVad kan socialt arbete lära av forskning kring online stödgrupper?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsingfors
PublisherSvenska social- och kommunalhögskolan vid Helsingfors universitet
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-51-1711-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Fields of Science

  • 5145 Social work

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