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ERIC Number: EJ843617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
Alchemy and Aberrant Behaviour: A Jungian Approach to Working with Boys with Behaviour Disorders
O'Dea, Robert
International Journal of Special Education, v21 n3 p30-35 2006
Alchemy is an ancient philosophy on which the two modern day sciences of chemistry and analytical psychology are grounded. In education in New South Wales (NSW) at the present time, the behaviour of boys is of increasing concern to schools, to teachers, to parents and to society at large as evidenced by the over-representation of boys in school suspension figures, detention and intensive learning classes, remedial reading and behaviour units, special programs and special schools. This paper outlines an action research study of the aberrant behaviour of seven boys from Sydney schools who were all clinically diagnosed as emotionally, conduct or behaviourally disordered. Jung's alchemic process was employed to assist each boy to understand his inner conflict and how it contributed to his behaviour. This approach was able to successfully bring about positive change in the unacceptable, challenging, aberrant behaviour of each of the boys. One boy's process is outlined in more detail. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia