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Mentally ill children -- Care; Self-perception; Adolescent psychology;


This project involved a self-concept improvement program for institutionalized, emotionally disturbed adolescents. Subjects were eighteen adolescents between the ages of 13 and 15 who were in a state residential institution for nonpsychotic, emotionally disturbed, acting out adolescents. The subjects were divided into two groups by the institution staff. Both groups completed the Pier-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale and listed positive self-statements as pretest and posttest measures. The experimental group participated in a self-concept improvement program for 12 40 minute sessions twice a week for six weeks. The program consisted of lectures, discussions, and activities designed to facilitate self-understanding, a positive self concept, goal-setting behaviors, decision-making, and positive interpersonal relations. Because of non-randomization, a small population, and the presence of extreme scores, the data was analyzed descriptively. Because inferential statistical analysis was precluded, the efficacy of the Self-Concept Improvement Program could not be ascertained, and further research is recommended.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Barry J. Wilson

Second Advisor

Bruce Rogers

Third Advisor

Ann Vernon


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