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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.

Peer Relationships and Social Competence
Peer relationships and social competence
Peer Relationships and Social Competence as a Social Problem

Many persons, including group leaders, tend to be concerned about the development of social competence of children and adolescents. Such concerns range from the manners of children to the lack of stability in marital and family systems. Indeed, as seen in the previous chapter, the effects of divorce tend to be considerable in terms of the changes in socialization, relationships, and availability of parental role models experienced by children. This chapter will describe the concept of social competence, discuss problems of children and adolescents who possess low levels of social competence, and indicate how leaders address such problems through group work.

As children and adolescents mature they usually develop ...

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