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The Drop-Outs

reviewed by Robert A. Dentler 1963

coverTitle: The Drop-Outs
Author(s): S. O. Lichter, Elsie B. Rapien, Frances M. Seibert, M. A. Sklansky
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This book reports on the efforts of the authors, as members of the staff of a social agency, to treat and assist 105 youths referred to the agency by Chicago public high schools. "The schools were asked to send us any youngster who, in their opinion, was a possible drop-out and whom they hated to see leave school." The authors wanted to learn whether, "intensive individualized treatment could effect a better emotional, social, and educational adjustment for dropout or potential drop-out students." Of the 105 youths (all white because only 5 Negroes were referred), only 70 showed up for more than four treatment interviews. This "Treatment Group" received conscientiously applied psychotherapy and environmental assistance for about one year. Of the 70, 40 dropped out of school more or less permanently. The authors conclude, "We believe that, untreated, a great majority of the students would have left school. In this light, the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 7, 1963, p. 615-615
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2973, Date Accessed: 9/18/2018 1:45:08 PM

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