ERIC Number: ED325733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Developing Coping Skills To Deal with Stress in Second and Fourth Grade Children through Small Group Counseling.
Thomas, Dorothy J.
This practicum was designed to help migrant and non-migrant children in grades two and four cope with stress. The identified children were those who were unable to concentrate or seemed confused, anxious, defensive or easily angered. The goals were to have the children exhibit a decreased reliance on anger, an increased sense of self-worth, and an increased awareness of their ability to cope with stress. A needs assessment survey was administered to professionals to determine the necessity for stress reduction groups. An interview with the school psychologist was also conducted for this purpose. The classroom teacher selected those children she/he felt were appropriate for such a group. The students met in small groups with the counselor once a week throughout the school year using stress reduction activities. The results of the practicum were encouraging. The pre- and post-scales administered to the children showed positive growth on both grade levels. The classroom teachers observed better classroom adjustment in the counseled children. Results indicated that a program designed to help children cope with stress can have an effect on children's perception of themselves and on the classroom teacher's perception of the children. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.