Seating arrangement as a predictor of small group interaction

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Nursing, if it is truly to consider itself a science, must be research-based. This paper demonstrates how Steinzor's work on predicting patterns of small group interaction may be applied to the clinical setting. Steinzor hypothesized that seating arrangements help determine patterns of interaction. Many authors have since added to this hypothesis and their contributions are acknowledged and incorporated into this application study. This study's setting involved two nurses co-leading a counseling group for physically handicapped adults. Findings not only supported Steinzor's work but also point to the need for more studies whose findings may he applied and tested in the practice setting.

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