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Doyle, Florence E.||Robbins, Russell E.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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Department of Education


Dempster Junior High School (Elk Grove; Ill.); Counseling in secondary education


The major purposes of this study were the identification of the most common problems of Dempster Jr. High School students and an examination of the extent to which these problems were being discussed with the existing school staff. The J Form of the Mooney Problem Checklists was used to identify the most common problems of the participating students, a random sample of 150 students composed of fifty students each from the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Parents of the participating students were asked to mark the same checklist, indicating those problems which they felt were of concern to junior high school students. Those problems marked by over 20 per cent of the participating students or their parents were combined to form a questionnaire to be answered by the staff members of Dempster Jr. High School. The staff members Indicated how often they discussed each problem with small groups or individual students and with what percentage of their students problems were discussed during the year. An unusually large number of problems were marked by both the students and their parents. The questionnaire results showed that the staff members were aware of many of the students' problems and were willing to discuss some of them with the students but that the students' guidance needs were being handled only to a limited extent by the school staff.


Includes bibliographical references.


iv, 60 pages




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