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Getting Together

A Guide for Good Groups

by Emory A. Griffin

Getting Together
  • Length: 233 pages
  • Published: July 13, 1982
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  • ISBN: 978-0-87784-390-0
  • Item Code: 0390
  • Case Quantity: 44
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Prayer, study, service, fellowship, fun, decision making, discussion. People get together in groups for all kinds of reasons in all kinds of settings--schools, churches, neighborhoods, volunteer organizations. Some groups are alive and growing; others are dull and dying.

In this bright and lively book, Em Griffin focuses on what makes groups good by discussing three types--task groups which have a job to do, relationshp groups which fill our need for community, and influence groups which help people change. He covers such topics as conflict, deviance, persuasion, expectations, leadership and how to have a good discussion.

A book for everyone who wants to be in a good group.



Part One: A First Look
1. The Good Group
2. Scratching Where They Itch
3. Take Me to Your Leader

Part Two: Tasks in Groups
4. Methods of Decision Making
5. Leading a Discussion

Part Three: Relationships in Groups
6. Self-Disclosure
7. Conflict

Part Four: Influence in Groups
8. Persuasion
9. Deviance
10. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Part Five: A Last Look
11. Leadership: A Personal View


Em Griffin is professor emeritus of communication at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he has taught since 1970. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan and his M. A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Northwestern university. His research interest centers on the development of close friendships. Griffin is the author of Getting Together and Making Friends (& Making Them Count).

BY Emory A. Griffin

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