The present study explored the effects of a six week psychoeducational group for at-risk middle school males on self-concept. The study included 36 participants from 5 schools in an urban area of Southern California. Previous research has explored similar groups for females in the same population, but little research focuses on the effectiveness of self-concept groups for males. The current study predicted that male identity may be an effective way to join and unite group members through the shared experience of being male and create a pathway for exploring self-concept in the process. The results indicate minor increases in self-concept according to the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale, Second Edition. However, results were found not to be statistically significant in self-concept, behavioral adjustment, freedom from anxiety, social functioning, and happiness and satisfaction after the six week groups. This study found that using male identity as a modality for exploring self-concept with at-risk middle school males may be effective, but future research should corroborate these findings. The implications, limitations and suggestions for further research are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle School education, Educational psychology, Psychology|
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