High-Risk Youth and the Transition to Adulthood


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Abstract

This study demonstrates the application of humanistic psychological research and practice methods to the problem of high-risk adolescents. Using a multiple case study method, the study examined the experiences of four high-risk high school students who participated in a coping skills class. Findings included significant growth of each student's relationship with self, family and learning. Each experienced long-term sobriety, steady employment, positive outlook of the future, continued bonding with group members, personal efficacy, no pregnancies, and no criminal convictions. Characteristics of the group experience associated with these results were: skills promoting resiliency, group dynamic, relationship with the facilitator, and a commitment to long-term learning.

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