Mass Activity in a Social Group Work Agency: A Descriptive Study of a Section of the Senior Teen Division Serving Boys and Girls Ages 14 to 18 of the Five Towns Community House, Lawrence, New York, for the Program Years 1955 Through 1959
Recreation and informal education agencies using the group work method usually provide for mass activities as part of their ongoing programs. Games rooms, dances, parties, and lounges have become a regular and accepted media in most settings. The group worker on the agency staff is often the one responsible for one or more of these activities as part of his workload, and therefore, either plans supervises, or actually runs the program. Although a fair percentage of every staff member's time is spent in this way, very little has been written on how he does and why. It would appear in searching the literature, that mass activities are not recognized generally as a tool in the group work method and is, therefore, not worthy of concern. The group work process has at times been defined and concerned so narrowly that unless groupings of people fall into specialized and stylized configurations, they are not recognized as groups, and therefore, are not subject to the group work method. Such a view is much too limited and unrealistic in light of actual practice.
Busillo, Attilio Emanuel, "Mass Activity in a Social Group Work Agency: A Descriptive Study of a Section of the Senior Teen Division Serving Boys and Girls Ages 14 to 18 of the Five Towns Community House, Lawrence, New York, for the Program Years 1955 Through 1959" (1960). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557702.