ERIC Number: EJ980406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Psychological Change in Distressed Young People Who Do Not Receive Counselling: Does Improvement Happen Anyway?
Daniunaite, Akvile; Ahmad Ali, Zenib; Cooper, Mick
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v40 n5 p515-525 2012
The aim of this article is to explore self-healing processes in young people, and to develop an understanding of the effects of school-based counselling (SBC), by analysing changes in young people who did not receive this intervention. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 young people on a waiting list for SBC. Participants experienced positive improvements in several domains, with change attributed mainly to their own actions, the support received from family and friends and the effects of the research. The results suggest that young people have a natural capacity to self-heal, and that some of the changes associated with SBC may be due to this self-righting process. Supporting this natural capacity may be an important element of therapeutic work with young people.
Descriptors: Interviews, Research, Intervention, Adolescents, Psychotherapy, School Counseling, Comparative Analysis, Family Involvement, Adjustment (to Environment), Individual Development, Time Factors (Learning), Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom