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The pair in the group: Boundaries for destruction and creativity

  • Stefan Jern
  • Stefan Jern
  • Eric Olsson
Publiceringsår: 2001
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 134-157
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Studies of Groups and Change. Proceedings from a conference on group and social psychology, Lund University, May 2000
Dokumenttyp: Konferensbidrag
Förlag: School of Social Work, Lund University


A comparative case study is performed of three working groups containing pairs and triads. Effects on cohesion and group development are analyzed and a model is constructed A distinction is made between pairs formed 1. out of earlier relationships, 2. and/or to pursue work and those that form, 3. as a reaction to the former. Pairs can contribute to work and development in constructive ways, but pairs can also destroy work and hinder progress. The outcome depends on how the pair is viewed by the group, what meaning is ascribed to it and on to what degree it is organized and integrated into the group. The outcome partly depends on boundary issues.


  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • group psychology
  • sub-groups
  • group development
  • group cohesion
  • pair
  • small group
  • social psychology


2nd Nordic conference on group and social psychology, 2000
  • ISBN: 91-631-0899-2

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