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While the worker/client and worker/group relationship are also here of great importance, it is the relationships between the group members themselves and the Differentiation and Integration 47 mutual influence arising from their interaction which is the main resource in social growth, in problem-solving or whatever the aims of the group might be. Vinter (1967) states the following principle: "The group is not merely the context. . " (This deceptively simple statement refers to a difficult and complex process.
When a newcomer enters an established group, both he and the group are involved in mutual testing of commonality. Once he and the group are reassured and he is accepted as a member, he becomes a part of the group which subjects the next newcomer to examination. individuals, one can discern the wish (to belong), which is tantamount to saying that, fundamentally, man is a group animal. The stranger in the human group feels the rub of strangeness until he finds acceptance and can blend with his surroundings.
This is referred to as group formation. Some of the implications of group formation for the practice of social work with groups will also be indicated. e. how criteria for membership are established, will not be discussed here. In the context of social work, composition is usually a feature of the planning of treatment and therefore belongs in a book on treatment method rather than group theory. Meanwhile, Douglas (1970) is warmly recommended for an instructive review of formulations on criteria for group composition in social work and other treatment methods).