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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Galloway, Helena Johanna
Email mpumalanga@childwelfaresa.org.sa
URN etd-09112007-112516
Document Title n Maatskaplikewerkintervensieprogram vir die adolessente leerder met spesifieke leerhindernisse (Afrikaans)
Degree PhD (Social Work)
Department Social Work
Advisor Name Title
Dr J M C Joubert
  • Maatskaplikewerkintervensieprogram
  • Social Work intervention programme
  • adolescent
  • adolessent
  • Gestaltbenadering
  • specific barriers to learning
  • spesifieke leerhindernisse
  • Gestalt approach
  • Gestalt play therapy
  • Gestaltspelterapie
  • selfpersepsie
  • self perception
  • akademiese prestasie
  • academic performance
  • sosio-emosionele funksionering
  • play therapy
  • spelterapie
  • Gestaltgroepwerk
  • Gestalt group work
  • socio-emotional functioning
Date 2007-04-19
Availability unrestricted
The adolescent with specific barriers to learning often exhibit socio-emotional problems. Conversely, adolescents experiencing socio-emotional upsets do not achieve academically. The exact nature of the relationship is difficult or nearly impossible to elucidate. The aim of this study was to establish the specific challenges that the adolescent learner with barriers to learning with an average or above average intelligence, experiences on socio-emotional level and to take these feelings, experiences and needs as a lancer basis to develop and implement a social work intervention programme. Also to evaluate the effect of this programme on the socio-emotional functioning and academic progress of the adolescents involved.

The process of intervention research was followed during the empirical study. The combined, two-phase approach of Cresswell was used for data gathering. The one group pre-test post-test was utilized for the evaluation of the effectiveness of the social work intervention programme. The Child functioning inventory High School (CFI High) was used to gather information during the quantitative phase.

This study focused on the socio-emotional functioning and challenges of the adolescent learner with specific barriers to learning and used Gestalt play therapy within a group context to address these challenges. During the qualitative phase two focus group discussions were held where the experiences, emotions and challenges of adolescents with specific barriers to learning were discussed with a group of five girls and five boys. Based on data gathered from these discussions, and a literature study a social work intervention programme was developed and implemented. This programme consisted of play therapy techniques within the Gestalt therapy framework. The social work intervention programme consisted of ten group sessions of about 90 minutes each, with a group of five girls and a group of five boys. The respondents were between 14 to 16 years, of an average to above average intelligence, and were referred to the social worker of a branch of Child Welfare: South Africa, Mpumalanga because of socio-emotional problems. This study attempted to incorporate the essential elements of Gestalt therapy, various play therapy techniques and the dynamics of group work into a programme to address socio-emotional issues experienced by the adolescent learner with barriers to learning.

Socio-emotional aspects that were conceptualised and specifically evaluated are: positive functioning elements, self perception, trauma dynamics, interpersonal relationships and decision making abilities.

Based on the findings, the conclusion could be made that the social work intervention programme brought about an improvement in the socio-emotional functioning and the academic progress of the respondents.

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