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Group Work with Adolescents: Principles and Practice.

MALEKOFF, Andrew. Group Work with Adolescents: Principles and Practice. New York: The Guilford Press, 1999. 336pp. $19.95 (p), $39.95 (h).

This volume broadens the knowledge and skill base of practitioners doing group social work with adolescents and fosters a creative, innovative, and self-reflective approach. An introduction to the field, enlivened by numerous illustrations from actual group sessions, the book provides principles and guidelines for work in a wide range of settings. It opens with an overview of the developmental and social issues that adolescents face and a discussion of the skills needed to work successfully with adolescents in groups. Chapters then consider group work with adolescents in the broader context of general group theory and practice, highlighting ways that practitioners can: thoughtfully and systematically plan groups for adolescents; provide good beginnings to socialize adolescents into group culture; form stable alliances with parents of group members; build mutual aid among participants and enhance problem solving; promote belonging and competence through the use of verbal and nonverbal activity; and ensure a me aningful separation when the group comes to an end. The third section presents conceptual background and guidelines for addressing vital adolescent concerns, such as violence, sexuality, substance abuse, cultural diversity, isolation, and scapegoating. These final chapters feature vignettes, narrations, and group transcripts that bring the concepts to life.
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Date:Sep 22, 1999
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