Implementing a Social Support Intervention

Programs and strategies that teach individuals to identify, access, and use supportive relationships may be beneficial. Chapter 7 provides guidelines on how to design, develop, and implement a social support intervention for African Americans with chronic illnesses and disabilities. The guidelines provided in this chapter are culturally congruent and take into consideration core Africentric values. Several topics are covered in this chapter including (a) how to identify and convene group participants, (b) the role of the group leader or facilitator; and (c) the structuring of sessions. This chapter also provides an outline for a seven-session social support group intervention.

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