- 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.
Chapter 4: Evaluation of Practice
Evaluation of Practice
Evaluations provide the basis for demonstrating the value and effects of group work. The aim of the present chapter is to provide leaders with a basis for conducting evaluations of group work with children and adolescents.
The major purpose of evaluation is to provide an understanding of the immediate and long-term effects of group work on the members. Most evaluations center on the immediate effects of group work. If an effect is observed, leaders seek to determine the extent of the effect and whether it was due to group work or such factors as maturation of the youngsters. For instance, in the course of a yearlong group work program six socially isolated preadolescent girls entered puberty. The increase in popularity of ...