ERIC Number: ED373865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing the Academic Achievement of Middle School Students Exposed to Domestic Violence through Interpersonal-Cognitive Group Counseling and Parenting Education (Project REAL).
Project REAL (Relationship skills, Education on violence prevention, Academics, Leadership and decision-making skills) was a practicum designed to increase the academic achievement of middle school students exposed to domestic violence. Eleven students and their parents participated in a 12-week interpersonal-cognitive counseling group and its parent education component. Project REAL provided students with: (1) instruction on stress management, conflict resolution, communication, study, and decision-making skills; (2) art therapy; and (3) guest speakers from community agencies that provide direct services to victims of domestic violence. Parents were counseled individually and received a resource guide on the services available to victims of domestic violence. The results of the practicum indicated that middle school students exposed to domestic violence need more than a 12-week group counseling program to increase their academic achievement. Although student academic performance did not increase significantly, parents did gain a better understanding of the effects of domestic violence on their children and on the resources available to overcome domestic violence. (Four appendixes contain copies of a project evaluation survey, student pre- and posttests, a parent interview form, and permission to use references. Contains 38 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Art Therapy, Communication Skills, Counseling Services, Elementary School Students, Family Violence, Intermediate Grades, Intervention, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Parents, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Stress Management, Student Attitudes, Study Skills
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Witnesses to Violence
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University. Appendixes A and D may not reproduce clearly.