Nursing Journal Essay

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Alcoholics Anonymous Group Behavior Questions

1. Participation Patterns and Make-up of Group (5 Points)
a) What is the makeup of group? (i. e. genders, age ranges of people present, ethnicity, races, smokers and/or non-smokers present, number of individuals attending, etc.)
1. The Majority of the members are male. There was a total attendance of 14 members. There were 2 females in the group and 2 other females who were accompanying their spouses as listeners. The majority of the group was Caucasian and there were also 3 Hispanic males and 1 Hispanic female. It seemed like almost everyone in the group was smoking throughout the meeting.
b) Who does the ...view middle of the document...

The members of this group appear to have been coming together for a while now because they seemed to really get along and showed genuine interest when someone was talking. They listened to issues that fellow members were going through and then if they had some advice they would offer it.
b) Do members feel free to ask for clarification if they don’t understand something?
2. It seems like the members were all quite comfortable amongst each other and if they had something to ask or share they did so freely.
c) What non-verbal communication is used? (I.e. hand gestures, head nodding, smiling, etc.)
3. A couple of the people in attendance would not or say, “mm-hmm” in agreeance with something that someone was saying or as a way to indicate that they understood what the person sharing was experiencing.
d) Does any of the group members’ body language seem to indicate any underlying emotions such as tension/relaxation, anxiety/comfortable, happiness, fear, discomfort or any other particular emotion?
4. I did not get the feeling that anyone there was fearful or tense. I did notice that the majority of the members were constantly smoking one cigarette after another and the one member who refused to share was constantly tapping his feet and kept holding his arms together as if it were cold in the room.
e) When group members express their ideas, do other group members seem to understand and agree with the ideas? Or do they seem to not agree/understand?
5. For the most part the members seemed to agree with the ideas presented. They showed that they agreed by nodding their heads. There was not any occasion in which members showed disagreeance throughout the meeting.
f) Are there any attempts by any group members to disrespect/disrupt the group?
i. If so, how do the group leader and/or group members handle this issue of attempted group disruption?
a. There were no attempts by any of the group members to be disrespectful. They each took their turns speaking and once whoever was sharing was done the other members thanked him for sharing and if anyone had anything to add then they would introduce themselves again and share whatever they felt relevant.
3. Cohesion and Atmosphere (5 points)
a) Does it (the group) seem to function as a cohesive unit?
i. If so, what is the evidence of its functioning as a cohesive group? (I.e. group members calling it “my group” or “our group”)
a. It seems like this group is really cohesive. I say this because they members did in fact refer to it as “our group” and they were all very respectful of one another. 2 members even compared this group to other groups that they had been to and mentioned how much more they liked this group in comparison to the others.
ii. If not, what is the lack of evidence of group cohesion? (I.e. group members calling it...

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