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ERIC Number: EJ999377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0748-8491
Understanding the Experience of Girls with EBD in a Gender-Responsive Support Group
Srsic, Amy; Rice, Elisabeth Hess
Education and Treatment of Children, v35 n4 p623-646 Nov 2012
This study examined the perceptions of adolescent girls with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) who were participating in a support group. The focus of the study was to explore the perceptions of the girls' friendships, connectedness with others, ability to establish and maintain relationships, and self-perceptions within the group. The sample consisted of five African American girls ages 15-19 attending a self-contained day school for students with EBD. The study design included three, semi-structured, individual interviews, participant observation of the support group, and collection of field notes and background data. Themes emerged in the areas of: (1) the appearance of normalcy; (2) the influence of negative experiences; (3) the lack of opportunity for exposure to female relationships and role models; (4) the positive influence of gender-responsive programming; and (5) the effects of the environment. Findings and recommendations for practice and future research are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia