Title

School Counselor Implementation of the Solution-Focused Family Support Model with High School Students Experiencing Behavioral Problems and Academic Failure

Author

Heather Quast

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Department

Counseling

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of the solution-focused family support model with high school students experiencing behavioral problems and academic failure. Interventions with students that are experiencing behavioral problems and academic failure are understood as a standard responsibility of the school counselor. This study involved the student and his or her parent(s) and/or guardian(s) in interventions implemented by the school counselor. This study included a paradigm shift in school counseling, from the individual to the family system. Participants attended a high school in North Texas. This study included a pilot study and a quasi-experimental design. The effects of two treatments with high school students experiencing behavioral problems and academic failure were examined. For the purposes of this study, participants received solution-focused family support or individual solution-focused brief counseling. The findings support the null hypothesis that the effect of the solution-focused family support model would not be significant. However, minute changes in behavioral problems and academic failure were found. Further research that allows for a longer treatment period is needed to test the longevity of the solution-focused family support model as a treatment method in schools.

Advisor

Amir Abbassi

Subject Categories

Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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