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Perceived Effectiveness of a Well-Being Group With Preschool Children
Rebecca L. Koltz, Christine Lux, Dawn Tarabochia, and Adina Smith
Preliminary qualitative data was collected for a research study exploring a prevention-based group for preschool children called “well-being groups.” The content of the well-being groups incorporated the five domains from Myers and Sweeney’s (2005) Indivisible Self Wellness Model. Qualitative themes emerged from the data collected from parents, teachers, and counselors involved in the group. The qualitative themes reflected an increase in the children’s awareness of emotions, as well as their ability to communicate emotions. In addition, children seemed to present with an expanded understanding and insight of their own wellbeing.
Keywords: wellness, preschool children, group counseling