ERIC Number: ED288169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
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Group Counseling to Reduce Maladaptive Behavior and Enhance Self-Esteem in the Middle School.
Counselors at one middle school would see the same students repeatedly for disruptive behavior in the classroom. The counselors' efforts did not appear to reduce these repetitive referrals. This study used group counseling to address the maladaptive behavior of the students and to improve their self-esteem. Students were selected by six teachers and two groups of eight students each received 12 sessions of counseling. The counseling sessions focused on self-esteem, communications, interpersonal relations, self-discipline, and values. Student behavior was measured with the Behavior Rating Scale (BRS) and the Teacher Report Form (TRF) of the Child Behavior Checklist at the beginning and at the end of the counseling sessions. The Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory was administered at the beginning and end of the practicum to measure changes in self-esteem. The results of the study were positive. Fourteen students completed the program. Thirteen students improved in adaptive functioning as measured by the TRF and 11 reduced maladaptive behavior as measured by the BRS. Nine student improved in self-esteem over the course of the program. The standard of achievement of a 20% reduction in maladaptive behavior and a 20% increase in self-esteem was not met for all students. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.