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May 7, 1955

Counseling with Young People

JAMA. 1955;158(1):90. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960010092046

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An estimated 10 million men and women have a part in the leadership of youth groups in the United States. From time to time all such leaders are called on for personal advice by the children and youth with whom they are associated. Here is a nontechnical handbook designed to assist such leaders in providing helpful counsel. The book is noteworthy for its clarity of presentation and logical organization, its emphasis on the role of the counselor as a friendly advisor rather than a judge, and its stress on the limitations of the lay counselor in technical areas. The small volume is divided into 10 chapters, which may be grouped within three chief areas: (1) young people—characteristics, needs, and growth; (2) the counseling process—methods, techniques, and evaluation; and (3) in-service education and training procedures. Although the volume should find its greatest usefulness as a manual for the volunteer youth leader,

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