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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

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The Impact of Group Counseling on Self-Esteem Levels of Students Who Have Experienced Bullying Behaviors

The literature suggests that many students, especially at the middle school level, have experienced at least one form of bullying. It also suggests that students who have experienced bullying may suffer from issues of depression, isolation, and low self-esteem. The findings of the research study, "The Impact of Group Counseling on Self-Esteem Levels of Students Who Have Experienced Bullying Behaviors" are presented in this poster. The purpose of the study was to answer the research question, “Will group counseling be effective in increasing the self-esteem levels of students who have experienced one or more forms of bullying?” This study was conducted in a middle school setting with 12 students in the 7th grade. The researcher developed and facilitated two, 8-week long counseling groups—one comprised of six girls and the other of six boys. The students met for group sessions one time per week—each session lasting 45 minutes in duration—for a total of eight weeks. The group curriculum contained a series of psychoeducational and discussion-based lessons, games, and activities—aimed at helping the students build and strengthen assertiveness skills, learn how to identify and effectively express feelings, work together as a team, identify and utilize supports, practice role playing, etc. Students were administered the Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem Scale at the start of their first group session, and again during the last group session—to measure any changes in self-esteem levels throughout the course of the counseling program. Results of the study and implications for counselors will be presented.

Presenter: Christine Reber (The College at Brockport, SUNY) -- crebe1@brockport.edu
Topic: Counselor Education - Poster Session
Location: Edwards Hall Lobby
Time: 9 am (Session I)

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