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Effects of a group counseling career intervention on the hopefulness and future orientation of at-risk middle school students


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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a small group counseling career intervention on levels of total hope, willpower (agency), waypower (pathways), and future orientation of at-risk middle school students attending an urban middle school in Southeast Michigan. This true experimental, randomized, pretest-posttest control group design compared the statistical outcomes of a small group counseling career intervention with a control group. Forty-four middle school students in the eighth grade (18 males and 26 females) were randomly selected and participated in the research study. Twenty-two students were randomly assigned to an experimental group and twenty-two students were assigned to a control group. Experimental group participants completed the bi-weekly, 60-minute group counseling sessions, over a six-week period. A univariate ANCOVA with group membership as the fixed independent variable was used to compare post scores with pre scores as covariates for each of the dependent variables, total hope, willpower (agency), waypower (pathways) and future orientation. A statistically significant difference was found for total hope and willpower (agency) between the experimental and control group. No statistically significant difference was found for waypower (pathways) and future orientation between the experimental and control group. Limitations of the current study are presented and recommendations for future research are offered.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Middle School education;
School counseling;
Counseling Psychology;
Group dynamics;
At risk students;
Middle school students
Classification
0450: Middle School education
0519: School counseling
0603: Counseling Psychology
Identifier / keyword
Education; Psychology; At risk; Career counseling; Future orientation; Group counseling; Hope; Middle school
Title
Effects of a group counseling career intervention on the hopefulness and future orientation of at-risk middle school students
Author
Macey, Amy K.
Number of pages
146
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0254
Source
DAI-A 72/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124802619
Advisor
Coven, Arnold B.
Committee member
Collins, Ann; Itzkowitz, Stuart; Parris, George P.; Sawilowsky, Shlomo
University/institution
Wayne State University
Department
Counseling
University location
United States -- Michigan
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3466663
ProQuest document ID
885185870
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/885185870
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