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ERIC Number: EJ1179197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1037-2911
A Problem-Oriented Group Approach to Reduce Children's Fears and Concerns about the Secondary School Transition
Vassilopoulos, Stephanos P.; Diakogiorgi, Kleopatra; Brouzos, Andreas; Moberly, Nicholas J.
Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools, v28 n1 p84-101 Jun 2018
To facilitate students' transition into secondary school, a short, problem-oriented group program was designed that included interpretation retraining, problem solving, and social-skills training. Pre- and posttest data from two groups conducted over the course of 5 weeks were combined for a total of 35 6th-grade students waiting to undergo school transition. There was also a no-intervention control group (n = 19). Results indicate that completion of the program by the intervention group led to a significant decrease on negative interpretations, with greater reductions in feelings of loneliness and increases in children's positive attitudes toward school compared to the control group. In addition, 3 months before moving to secondary school, children in the intervention group reported significantly fewer concerns about school transition compared with the controls. We conclude that the inclusion of problem-based strategies may be beneficial when designing transition groups, which may also lead to a significant reduction in worries and concerns about the transition to secondary school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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