ERIC Number: ED279936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Separation: High School to College.
Brody, Michael; And Others
The transition from high school senior to college freshman reflects the emergence of the adolescent into the young adult and can result in separation anxiety for parent and senior. In order to support the parents and seniors, a seminar on the topic of separation was given to parents and seniors by a child psychiatrist and two high school college advisors. The objective of the seminar was for both groups to become aware of the nature and significance of the upcoming change in their lives. Preparation for the separation process was facilitated by sharing universal concerns and practical advice, and by expressing feelings of loss. The seminar began with an introductory lecture by the psychiatrist focusing on stages of separation through the life cycle such as weaning, the possession of transitional objects, day care, nursery school, sleepovers, summer camp, and the multiple separations of adolescence. After the psychiatrist's presentation, parents and seniors were separated into their respective groups. Open-ended questions such as "What is the most exciting thing about (you, your child) going to college next year?" were discussed by both groups. Responses were discussed, recorded, and brought back to the entire group, promoting interaction, ventilation, and a new awareness of this difficult phase of individuation. Because the workshop actively helped the transition processes and allayed much anxiety about separation, it has received a wide audience. (Advice for parents and seniors on coping with the first year of college is included.) (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of College Admission Counselors (42nd, Washington, DC, October 5-8, 1986).