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ERIC Number: EJ901934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0161-5653
Non-Aggressive Isolated and Rejected Students: School Social Work Interventions to Help Them
Margolin, Sylvia
School Social Work Journal, v32 n1 p46-66 Fall 2007
Approximately half of children and adolescents who are socially unpopular are not aggressive. Some voluntarily isolate themselves from the peer group, whereas others are intentionally excluded and often victimized. Although school social workers regularly provide services to this population, there is little reported research on effective strategies for dealing with these situations, with the exception of some behavioral and cognitive behavioral approaches. The purpose of this study was to learn what interventions are being employed by school social workers with both isolated and rejected students and how effective they find them to be. Over 300 school social workers from Illinois completed a questionnaire about one isolated or rejected child or adolescent on their caseload and the effectiveness of interventions they employed in attempting to help this person become more socially accepted. The children selected were described as having poor social skills and low self-esteem and displaying immature behavior. Although school social workers most frequently employed social skills training, individual counseling, teacher consultation, and problem solving to help these at-risk students, the strategies that many found to be the most effective were providing a mentor, positive reinforcement, and individual counseling, and linking the student to a school job. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois