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A new model of Communicational-Relational systems in intensive groups

Barrett-Lennard, G.T. (1979) A new model of Communicational-Relational systems in intensive groups. Human Relations, 32 (10). pp. 841-849.

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An original, systematic way of viewing the process-structure of intensive groups is presented. An analysis and portrayal of the interior "ecology" of groups is given, focusing on the various forms, interconnection, and magnitude of interactional-relational subsystems that comprise the channels for interpersonal learning. Group size, composition, and leadership are critical determinants of the numerical and qualitative range of dyads, triads, quadrals, and other subsystem forms and processes considered. This schema suggests additions to practice and points to new directions in the comparative study of process in groups.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: SAGE Journals
Copyright: © 1979 by The Tavistock Institute
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