ERIC Number: ED256017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Examination of a Counseling Center Approach to Addressing Affective Needs of Disruptive Secondary School Students.
Cross, J. Logan; Hunter, Janice K.
Studies in two consecutive school years examined the value of a counseling center in raising disruptive students' self-esteem, self-concept of academic ability, and internal locus of control. In 1982-83, profile data were compiled on 120 students who entered a school district's counseling center during that year. A treatment effectiveness study, involving 28 of these students, was conducted to ascertain treatment-related changes in the affective variables of interest. Pre- and post-treatment data were gathered using instruments designed to measure these variables. Student profile data were summarized and notable characteristics highlighted. For 1983-84, the same basic procedure was followed. However, the sample for both the profile and the treatment effectiveness study comprised 65 students; the counseling program was monitored to verify its conformity with stated procedures; and student profile data for the six schools with the most referrals to the center were assembled for comparison. As in the previous year, increases were observed in all three dependent variables. The difference between pre- and post-treatment means, for both the self-concept of academic ability and locus of control variables, was statistically significant. These and other findings provide evidence to support the counseling center approach to addressing affective needs of disruptive students. (Author/MCG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Duval County School Board FL; Nowicki Strickland Locus of Control Scale; Self Concept of Ability Scale (Brookover); Self Esteem Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).