Adolescent depression and the role the school counsellor
Gadd, Lois Merle
The purpose of this study was to examine the phenomenon of adolescent depression in an exploratory manner. Although recent literature has attempteo to address the nature and prevalence of childhood and adolescent depression, there is a considerable lack of research within the school context. This study attempted to redress this imbalance. A sample of 20 schoo, counsellors/guidance teachers, who are members of the Transvaal Education Department Association for Counselling and Guidance participated in the study. Their role in terms of recognition and management of depression was recorded in the form of a questionnaire designed specifically for this study. A further section included individual case studies which aimed at enhancing our understanding of some of the inner conflicts experienced by adolescents who encounter depression in various forms.