How 'Talking the Talk' Influences Disclosure in Teen Therapy

605 WordsJan 31, 20182 Pages
Method Participants Participants were 60 youths from inner-city schools (30 males and 30 females) aged 15 to 18 years. Standardised classifactions placed all participants at the same lower socioeconomic status level. Participants were referred by school personnel for special help, and had reported disciplinary or truancy problems, a history of aggressive or antisocial behavior, depression or substance abuse. All youth agreed to participate in counselling. In addition, parents or guardians gave permission, and the youths assented to participate in a study designed to "improve communication between youths and their adult counselors". The first 15 participants of each sex to enter counseling were interviewed in Standard English, whereas the second two groups of 15 boys and 15 girls were interviewed in street talk. After all 30 youth were interviewed, a meeting was held with them and their parents to explain the complete purpose of the study. All youth were offered free counselling for six months; this possibility was not mentioned until the end of the study. Counselors Two counselors, a 50 year-old woman and a 26 year-old woman provided counselling. The first counselor has a master's degree in special education and experience in guidance counselling; the second counselor has a doctoral degree in guidance counselling. Both were regularly employed in the public schools. Counselor A was asked to conduct all interviews in Standard English, whereas Counselor B was instructed
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