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Summary of types of groups


Type of group
Basic features
Examples
1
Primary social
groups
Face-to-face interaction; informal an personal interaction; Small size; An end in itself Common values, norms and belie system; Feeling of unity
A family; a peer
group; a dormitory
of students; etc
2
Secondary
social groups
Relatively large group size;  impersonal and formal social interaction; a means to an end; bureaucratic structure;
An anti-AIDS club; a university; a hospital; etc




3
Aggregates
A quasi social group; mere physical proximity/ togetherness; lack of unifying features; not functionally integrated
A group of people standing on queues; a group people taking a taxi or a bus; people walking a in busy city street; a group of patients sitting or standing in a waiting room of a hospital, etc
4
Category
Quasi social group; dispersed collectively; members  belonging to similar socio-economic background
All women aged 60 an above; all HIV patients in the world; all rural people in Ethiopia; etc
5
Dyads
A two-person, primary social
group;
Husband and wife; a two –person peer group; etc

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