Title

Anxiety: A School-Based Counseling Group for Adolescent Students

Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul

Keywords

Anxiety, Small Group, School-Based, Adolescent, Coping, School Counseling

Abstract

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions that appears to be on the rise amongst individuals of all ages. For children and adolescents, however, the prevalence is much greater. With extreme pressures at school, home and in their social life, the need for school-based interventions for this population are of utmost importance in order to foster and support positive development. The need to teach students healthy coping techniques during adolescents is imperative in allowing them to recognize signs of anxiety and learning how to manage it in a healthy way. The literature presented throughout this project will discuss the prevalence of anxiety among adolescents and will address the need for interventions through a school-based counseling small group for adolescent youth dealing with anxiety. The purpose of this intervention is to help students to be able to normalize anxiety while recognizing and regulating the thoughts and feelings associated with it and to develop effective strategies to deal with worry, stress and change. This is distinctive from other groups because its focus is to teach the skills required to reduce anxiety and promote resilience.

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