• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This timely new book presents the concepts, context, and applications of a problem-solving approach to group work with children and adolescents. This comprehensive new volume covers it all. It addresses issues associated with assessment, problem recognition, planning and composition, leadership, and activities in a wide range of settings when working with children and adolescents. Phases of group work, practice guidelines, and evaluation are also thoroughly considered. Significant applications focus on group work with children and adolescents from families in which divorce has occurred; group work to improve peer relationships and social competence; group work with children and adolescents who are at risk for developing mental health and substance abuse disorders; and school performance group work. To help illustrate key points, a lively case example is provided for each application. A practical volume for practitioners in the helping professions, Group Work with Children and Adolescents will be highly valuable to those practicing in the fields of social work, human services, clinical and counseling psychology, and psychiatric nursing.

The Basis of Group Work
The basis of group work

In this chapter the theoretical underpinnings of group work with children and adolescents in school and community systems will be described. Children and adolescents are liable to experience many stressors, and how members think about and cope with stress is an important focus of group work.

Stress Theory
Life Transitions

An assumption of group work with children and adolescents is that many members lack the requisite skills and experience (Cowen, Hightower, Pedro-Carroll, & Work, 1989) to cope with stressful life transitions (Felner, Farber, & Primavera, 1983), some of which are normative. For instance, as members attempt to adjust to the transition of moving from a relatively contained, secure, and stable elementary school system to a more demanding middle-school system ...

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