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Counselling problems of the junior high school girl Mulloy, Florence Stuart


This study of counselling problems is concerned with the nature and frequency of problems as they affect girls at the junior high school level. An intensive study has been made of the problems with which the writer dealt during a period of four months at Point Grey Junior High School. A problem is not an isolated incident but is part of a sequence of events growing out of environmental conditions, and can only he understood in the light of an appreciation of the total environment of home, school, and community. It has, therefore, been considered advisable to give an explanation of the guidance services of the school and to include information about the girls to be studied, the facilities available for counselling, and the procedures commonly used. The study has grown out of the experiences of the writer as grade adviser and counsellor at Point Grey Junior High School. These began with the opening of the school in 1929, when counselling services for the students were instituted, and have continued to the present time. Thus, the writer has been privileged to share in the development of the counselling program and to observe the behaviour of several generations of girls. The information is based largely on records compiled by the principal and teachers at Point Grey junior High School. The particular information regarding specific pupils is obtained from school reports and records, from individual cumulative files, and from personal observation and investigation. The problems discussed and the data on which the tables are bases were assembled during the period from January 7 to April 30, 1949. In Chapter I counselling is shown to be an integral part of the program of secondary schools in British Columbia. The definition and limitations of the investigation are then given. A description of the girls studied, of the counselling program, and of the methods used in dealing with problems is included in this chapter. In Chapter II are presented facts on environment, test results, and personal data which are essential to the counsellor for analysing problems and diagnosing cases. While Chapters I and II give general information which is helpful in understanding the study, Chapter III introduces the actual problems which the counsellor meets. In.it are discussed very briefly some of the studies which have already been made in the field of student problems. Finally, a preliminary classification of counselling problems is presented in order to facilitate the investigation. In Chapter IV is given a detailed presentation of the facts found in each of the nine problem areas indicated in Chapter III. An analysis is made of each type of problem, the conditions are tabulated, and wherever possible the frequency of each type and sub-type is recorded. This is followed by a statement of the main findings and a discussion of their possible implications. In Chapter V, the writer comments on the possible usefulness of the study. She first states what she considers to be significant general findings. Lastly, she classifies and lists particular findings insofar as they may be of use to the various persons concerned in counselling girls.

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