ERIC Number: ED311339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Building Self-Esteem in Boys of Elementary School Age from Alcoholic Families.
Hess, Cheryl L.
Alcoholism is a growing problem in America today. Children are becoming addicted to chemicals at a much younger age. Those children who have alcoholic parents and/or grandparents are more susceptible to addiction because of hereditary factors. Children of alcoholic parents live amidst conflict and confusion. Because of this conflict and confusion, the self-esteem of these children is greatly decreased. This practicum attempted to increase the self-esteem of seven behavior-disordered boys who were living in a long-term residential center for boys. The boys ranged from 7 to 13 years of age. Specific objectives of the practicum included decreasing aggressive behavior, decreasing anxiety, and increasing awareness of the effects of alcoholism on families. Workshops, group sessions, and individual counseling were used to facilitate these objectives. The prevention of chemical addiction was stressed while working on ways to improve the self-image of these boys. Self-reports by the boys and staff logs of aggressive behavior indicated the boys' behavior had improved. Although anxiety levels remained the same, the boys saw themselves as better able to express their feelings in more appropriate manners. Boys attended weekly Alateen meetings. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.