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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.

School Performance
School performance
School Performance as a Social Problem

School performance comprises the interrelated areas of school attendance, academic performance, and achievement. Many factors contribute to school attendance, which is a prerequisite for participation and learning in school systems. For instance, runaway adolescents often discontinue attending school because they are fearful that their parents will find them at school (Rogers, Segal, & Graham, 1994). Furthermore, attendance has multiple effects. For example, it is an important factor in improving the low self-esteem and sense of loneliness experienced by many homeless children (Timberlake & Sabatino, 1994).

Pupil absenteeism is a term that sometimes is used to encompass truancy, or absenteeism from school without permission, along with school phobia or school refusal (Carroll, 1995). Absenteeism is a predictor of course ...

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