Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Sharon K. Patten

Second Advisor

Glenda Dewberry Rooney

Third Advisor

Laura Boisen


This study compared the effectiveness of two support group models in a middle school setting. ls the introduction of Health Realization (HR) concepts in a support group more effective than a standard support group without HFI concepts in increasing self-esteem (SE) and internal locus of control (lLC) of participating middle school students? Eighteen 7th grade students were randomly assigned to a support group with HFI concepts or a support group without HR concepts. Pre- and post test scores from the Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control Scale for Children (N-S) and the Piers-Harris Children's Self Concept Scale (P-H) were used to assess subjects' SE and ILC changes. Results indicated an increase in SE and ILC in the support group with HR concepts (treatment) and an increase in ILC but no change in SE in the support group without HR concepts.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Johnson.GS

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