Group Processes: A Developmental Perspective

by Susan Wheelan. 2004.

Susan Wheelan advocates and thoroughly examines group process research—particularly research on the mutual impact of group interaction and individual choices. Her basic introduction to groups explores a variety of definitions, structures, and models of group development. There are five unique stages to group development, each with its own structure and process: 1) dependency and inclusion, 2) counter-dependency and flight, 3) trust and structure, 4) work, and 5) termination. Case scenarios provide familiar situations for assessing group development according to a group’s theoretical stages, roles, and activities. This resource is applicable to a range of new and intact congregational groups, from Sunday school classes to administrative councils.