Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name


Department of Counseling and Human Development


The purpose of this study is to confirm whether or not group counseling improves the self-concept and associated behaviors in Black American adolescents who are assessed to be conduct disordered. The instruments utilized in the study are the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale and the Devereux Adolescent Behavior Rating Scale. Twenty (20) subjects were randomly selected from a population of behavior disordered adolescents. Ten (10) subjects were randomly placed in control and ten (10) experimental groups. The study was implemented by two counselors employed by the community agency conducting the study. Two (2) hypotheses were examined in this study. Analysis of Covariance was used to analyze the data. The variables selected for the study included the following: Positive Score-Identity, Moral-Ethical Self, Personal Self, Total Positive Score, Unethical Behavior, Defiant-Resistive, Poor Emotional Control and Inability Defiant-Resistive, Poor Emotional Control and Inability to Delay. The two null hypotheses were rejected and were significant at the p<.05 level indicating a significant difference between the control and experimental groups. The results of this study supported the hypotheses that Black American conduct disordered adolescents who received group counseling will have significantly higher self-concept and behavioral profiles than adolescents who do not receive such counseling. The utilization of this counseling modality can improve the behaviors of Black American adolescents who have conduct disorders.


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