Encouraging People With Mood Disorders to Attend a Self-Help Group1


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    This research was supported by USPHS Grant MH 46399 from the National Institute of Mental Health. The authors are grateful to Jay Callahan, Joanne Janssen, Robert D. Jones, Jr., Angela P. Viv-iano, Julie A. Wheaton, and Charles Windle for their assistance in carrying out the study. They are also grateful to Keith Humphreys for comments on the paper.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Thomas J. Powell, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, 37% Social Work Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106. e-mail: tpowell@umich.edu.


Using an intervention based on referent power, self-help sponsors sought to encourage attendance at self-help meetings. They encouraged patients with major depression or bipolar disorder to attend self-help meetings following their hospitalizations. The intervention successfully increased the attendance of the experimental group compared to those in the control group. Implications for practice are discussed.