Brief Group Therapy with Low-Achieving Elementary School Children

Zipora Shechtman, Irith Gilat, Lea Fos, Adina Flasher

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The study encompassed 142 low achievers in 2 elementary schools (Grades 2-6) in Israel, all of whom received 4-6 weekly hours' assistance with their academic difficulties in school. After a random division of this sample into experimental and control groups, the former received an additional weekly session of group therapy of an interpersonal nature. The effect of this treatment was examined on 4 dependent variables: academic achievements, self-concept, social acceptance, and locus of control. Results indicated significant gains for the experimental group on all these variables - gains that increased over time. Group therapy appears to contribute both to academic progress and to the psychological and social well-being of low-achieving pupils.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-382
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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