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Why are groups formed?

According to our CaFS textbook, Groups form for many different reasons. Some may be
short term, and others long-term gatherings. Some groups may be more structured than
others but, fundamentally, groups are the structure for social life. Group structures may
be highly rewarding for engaged members and society as a whole but so too, group
structures may be destructive or divisive for both individuals and the community
Ultimately, it is the satisfaction of needs that underpins the formation of many groups.
There are many reasons why people belong to and form so many different groups. I
have interviewed two different people that are in two different groups to see if this
theory is correct and according to my results, people join groups according to their
common interests they have with each other. My questionnaire consisted of 16
questions, which are as follows:

1) How many are in the group?


2) What age level are they?
3) Where does each of the people in your group come from? (Where do they
live?)
4) What attracted them toward that particular group?
5) Have they been as a group for a long time?
6) Do they have common interest? What are they?
7) What is their country origin?
8) Do they have a leader for the group?
9) What is their common spoken language?
10) Do they have a lot of conflict within the group?
11) If yes, how do they resolve the conflict?
12) Do they dislike anyone within the group?
13) Who do thy like within that group?
14) Who do they like spending time with?
15) Who do they avoid in the group?
16) What is a conflict that has occurred within your group and how was it
resolved?

The answers received from the two people I interviewed are as follows:

Interviewee 1- Mr Ahmad (cricket team player)

1) 20 people in the team


2) Their age level ranges from 16-30 years old
3) They all live in Sydney
4) They all have common interests
5) They have been as a group for a long time
6) Their common interests are cricket
7) Everyones countries of origin are different in this group, but they are mostly
from Asian countries
8) There is a leader for this group
9) Common spoken language is English
10) There is a bit of conflict within the group
11) The group argues the conflict out until it is resolved
12) No one dislikes anyone in this group
13) Everyone likes everyone in this group
14) Everyone like spending time with everyone in this group
15) No one avoids anyone within this group
16) No conflict that could be mentioned.
Interviewee 2- Liana Prundus (Mother of a Parklea soccer club player)
1) Soccer team 14 children
2) Under 12s
3) Kings Langley, Quakers hill
4) The love of soccer and the fame of the club
5) 1 year
6) They all love soccer
7) Romania, Australia, Poland, New Zealand, India, Malta
8) The group leader is the coach
9) English
10) Not much but there still is
11) The coach speaks with the entire team and gives the players the
opportunity to express their opinions. He acts like a mediator and help the
players find positive ways to address the issue
12) No
13) The best payers are the most liked
14) There are little groups in the team and usually before the game, they
separate in these little groups and talk
15) Nobody
16) A parent complained that her son is not given enough play time and became
abusive towards to coach screaming and carrying on
There were advantages and disadvantages in doing interviewing these people, which
are:
Advantages-
It was quick and easy way to get my information and was not complicated. My analysis
is straightforward and most of the answers I wanted were provided. Qualitative and
quantitative data can be collected. They can be flexible in order to suit the direction of
the interview.

Disadvantages-
The information I received could be deceitful and the answers could not give the details
I needed. My misunderstandings may not have been addressed. The people I have
questioned may have left some information out. The people I have questioned may have
not wanted to answer some questions.
In conclusion, my findings were that people join groups according to their common
interests they have with each other, which to an extent, showed that in the Nelson
Community and Family Studied textbook, they have a correct theory on why groups
form as well, which was Groups form for many different reasons. Some may be short
term, and others long-term gatherings. Some groups may be more structured than
others but, fundamentally, groups are the structure for social life. Group structures may
be highly rewarding for engaged members and society as a whole but so too, group
structures may be destructive or divisive for both individuals and the community
Ultimately, it is the satisfaction of needs that underpins the formation of many groups.
There are many reasons why people belong to and form so many different groups.