ERIC Number: ED308459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Using Group Counseling To Reduce Disruptive Behavior and Enhance the Self-Esteem of Eighth Grade Students.
Bunish, Norbert T.
This practicum addressed the problem of eighth grade students repeatedly being referred to the school administration because of their disruptive behavior. The maladaptive behavior resulted in diminished student academic performance and adversely affected the students' self-esteem. A group counseling program was implemented which focused on values, self-esteem, interpersonal relations, self-discipline, and the transition into high school for eighth grade students (N=71). Results showed that, for the eighth grade students as a group, parental involvement increased while the number of referrals for disruptive behavior and unsatisfactory grades decreased. The results suggest that a group counseling program, combined with increased parental involvement, benefits all students, not just those experiencing difficulties. The program can help reduce the number of referrals for maladaptive behavior, improve the students' self-esteem, and reduce the number of unsatisfactory grades caused by poor work and social habits. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.