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Counselor Education Master's Theses

Counselor Education

1-1-2007

The Effects of Group Counseling on Adolescent
Stress
Melissa I. Kurlan
The College at Brockport

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The effects of
Running head: THE EFFECTS OF GROUP COUNSELING

The Effects of Group Counseling on Adolescent Stress
Melissa I. Kurlan
State University of New York College at Brockport

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Acknowledgements
The author wishes to acknowledge the help and support of significant individuals who have helped make this project possible. First the author would like to thank Dr. Thomas Hernandez of SUNY Brockport for help with preparation of this manuscript and advisement on this project. Second, the author would like to thank Gates Chili Middle School for its support and participation in this project, especially School Counselor Kelly Hunt. Lastly, the author would like to thank her father, Dr. Roger Kurlan, for his help with editing, and emotional support.

The effects of

Table of Contents
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List of Tables and Figures…………………………………………………..4

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Abstract……………………………………………………………………..5

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Introduction and Review of Literature……………………….......................6

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Method……………………………………………………….......................29

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Results………………………………………………………………………33

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Discussion…………………………………………………………………..39

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References…………………………………………………………………..49

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Appendices………………………………………………………………….55 A. Appendix A: University of Minnesota Adolescent Health Program: Measuring Emotional Stress
B. Appendix B: Teen Inventory on Common Stressors and Stress Symptoms C. Appendix C: Activity: Progressive Relaxation Script
D. Appendix D: Activity: Three Types of Stressful Situations E. Appendix E: Activity: Centering the Mind
F. Appendix F: Activity: Meditation Script
G. Appendix G: Informed Consent for Minors
H. Appendix H: Informed Consent for Parents

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List of Tables and Figures
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Table 1: Teen Inventory on Common Stressors and Stress Symptoms: Stress Symptoms (Schmitz & Hipp, 1995) …………………………………. 33

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Table 2: Teen Inventory on Common Stressor and Stress Symptoms: Stressors (Schmitz & Hipp, 1995)……………………………………………35

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University of Minnesota Adolescent Health Program:
Measuring Emotional Stress (Blum & Resnick, 1986)……………………….37

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Abstract
The current literature has emphasized the prominent impact of stress on the lives adolescents and the need for counselors to implement stress management and coping progams. The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not psycho-educational group counseling in the school relieves stress among adolescent students identified as experiencing excessive stress. This study also examined gender differences in the severity and types of stress and response to the counseling intervention. Two separate groups (male and female) of 6-8 sixth grade students participated in ten weeks of structured group counseling that took place during the school day and focused on stress and coping. The results indicated that group counseling does indeed reduce stress among adolescents of both genders, although there were some gender differences in the character of response. The study also found that there was no major...
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