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| November 23, 2015

Forsyth (2014) talks about support groups and indicate that the purpose of a support group is to provide support and encouragement to others who have experienced similar problems and stressors.  Forsyth states, “Support gropus are communities of similar sufferers and all coping with the same kind of problem” (2014, p. 551).  Corey, Corey, & Haynes (2014) discuss the initial stages of a group and various techniques that can be used during the initial stages of a group.  Many of the tools they use can be used in a support group for women who have experienced miscarriage and/or stillbirth.


Corey et. al (2014) mentioned several ideas in helping introduce members into the group, including allowing members to become comfortable with their environment by looking around at all of the other people in the group and then allowing group members to introduce themselves.    Corey et. al (2014) also discuss the allowing the group to break into partners so that they can spend time talking one on one with another person in the group.  It would be very important for members of a support group for women who have experienced loss through miscarriage and stillbirth to break into smaller groups so that they can begin building trust and safety with members of the group.  It would also be helpful for members to come back together as a whole and share with the group what they shared with their partner.  The group leader should facilitate group participation and sharing.  In addition, Jacobs, Schimmel, Masson, & Harvill (2016) discuss the importance of having group members look at other group members when they are talking, stating that “It is helpful in involving other members, building group cohesion, and creating an atmosphere of belonging” (p. 118).



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Jacobs, E. E., Masson, R. L., Harvill, R. L., & Schimmel, C. J. (2016). Group counseling: Strategies and skills (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.








The Essence of Support Groups And

The Best Way to Adopt In a Miscarriage Support Group










The aim of this paper is to provide a reply to the article on the importance of support groups, and the best way in which a person can be introduced and feel comfortable into a support group. A support group is a congregation of people with similar personal experiences and it helps in building ties, develop coping skills and eliminating the feeling of loneliness.





In this article a support group has been identified as a group or community, of similar sufferers. It also talks of the best way to handle a support group that involves women with miscarriages, and stillbirths, how to introduce them at first, to help build ties and eliminate the fear of sharing their experiences.




My disagreement firstly is on the fact, as explained, that support groups consists of common sufferers, this is not the case as there exists professionally operated support groups that, involve members with no personal experience on the group focus subject. Example of this support groups are those in state penitentiaries. Secondly is that if common sufferers congregate they are likely to focus on experiences rather than the solution. A research by, the  World Health Organization (1977) provided vital statistics on miscarriage and how, its risk changes with different age brackets, Daya.S (1989) suggested the use of progesterone to support early pregnancy, in women with recurrent miscarriage, are examples of information which maybe missed when the support group focuses on experiences. Lastly, Thoits&Peggy.A (1986) proposed reconceptualization of social support groups as coping assistance, if the same strategies used by individuals to respond to stress are applied to distressed persons as assistance.





Support groups offer encouragement and support to its members, which is very beneficial in building courage and developing coping skills. Secondly the forming of dyads and triads at first in support groups familiarizes the members further, before they merge with the whole group. Stefano. L (2015) mentioned various positives that result from team work one of them being positivity. Identifying with smaller groups then moving to larger groups is one way that would work in easily familiarizing members of a miscarriage support group.






In conclusion I would highly recommend support group comprising both of professionals as well as sufferers, who would firstly be formed in smaller groups interact for a few days then, merge as a large group. This would speed up familiarization and also build stronger bonds. The professionals should then sit with them as they share the experiences and advice on the most appropriate solution to the subject in focus in this case miscarriage and stillbirth.










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