Year: 1980 Source: Journal of Community Psychology, v.9, (1981), p.342-346 SIEC No: 19820733

The literature on crisis centers has focused on description of the programs or of the process of crisis intervention. A social movement model is proposed to explain the evolution of crisis centers and to contribute to our understanding of the success or failure of crisis centers. Crisis centers are discussed in terms of the original generating conditions, leadership styles, organization and adaptation process. In conclusion, the implications of a social movement perspective are discussed.