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ERIC Number: ED060487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Pages: 32
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Developmental Group Counseling in the Elementary School.
Spahn, Lee P.
This study is concerned with whether developmental group counseling will improve peer relations in the elementary school classroom. It was hypothesized that developmental group counseling would improve peer relations. Group counseling in the schools seems particularly appropriate because of the nature of both the setting and the students. The elementary school student is at a stage in his life in which it is inevitable that he will decrease his total dependence on adult models and seek identification with his peers. Group counseling can provide opportunities for peer interaction in the presence of an understanding adult and without being dependent upon powers of censure and approval. Developmental group counseling provides the opportunity for each child to engage in an interpersonal process, through which he works in the peer group, to explain his feelings, attitudes, values, and problems, with the result that he is better able to deal with developmental tasks. Results showed that third grade boys and girls showed the greatest improvement in sociometric status; and girls at all grade levels profited more than the boys. (Author/TA)
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Note: Research paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Specialist of Education, Barry College, Miami, Fla.