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Adolescent psychology, Psychotherapy


Whenever I enter a new environment, be it academic or otherwise, my initial objective is to seek out those individuals who will be personally compatible, most supportive of my endeavor, and respectful of my aspirations. I found precisely that in my committee members. I thank Ronnie Janoff-Bulman for her valuable suggestions and contributions in the development of this thesis. My special thanks goes to Howard Gadlin, my adviser, who is always there to stimulate my ideas and to offer his support. I am particularly grateful to Castellano Turner, my chairperson, for the time, support and concern that he has consistently exhibited throughout the completion of this project; most of all for his quiet understanding and respect when I needed to be left alone. I would also like to thank the staff and clients of Children's Aid and Family Service, Franklin/Hampshire Community Mental Health Center, Hampshire Day House, and Sojourn, Inc. who took the time out to participate in this study.