Helping Adolescents in School

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6
Implications for School Development

Helping clients construct the future is a critical helper mandate.

Egan 1990, 274

This study has established that multiple problems and a clear pattern of support needs to exist among secondary school students. However, the identification of student problems and needs cannot in itself constitute an adequate school-level response. Investigation can only highlight the ecology of the educational world of adolescence. It follows, however, that concerned professionals can recognize the need to transform new knowledge into appropriate action that will impact directly upon identified student needs. Accordingly, this chapter will consider some of the professional issues involved in creating the kind of progress required in the pursuit of excellent student support services.


THE HELPING POTENTIAL OF ADOLESCENTS

It has long been recognized that adolescence is a time of evolving cognitive and social dynamics, but more recently Magen and Aharoni ( 1991) have suggested that adolescence is also a period of increasing empathy. Moreover, it appears that during adolescence young persons more frequently recognize the value of helping others. Szagun ( 1992) has noted that when compared with younger

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 - Contemporary Issues 1
  • 2 - Research on Adolescent Help Seeking 13
  • Conclusion 26
  • 3 - Research on Adolescent Perception 29
  • Conclusion 45
  • 4 - New Research Findings 47
  • 5 - New Perspectives 73
  • 6 - Implications for School Development 101
  • Appendix: Survey Questionnaire 121
  • Bibliography 135
  • Name Index 179
  • Subject Index 185
  • About the Author 189
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