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Journal Articles International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling Year : 1999

How French counsellors treat school violence: An adult-centered approach

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Explored characteristics of school violence in France and the privileged means by which school counsellors can address this increasingly widespread problem. The status of counsellors in the French schools is outlined. It showed that counselling activities are really only undertaken for students in junior high or high school. Two important characteristics of the French view of school violence are: The experts in psychology take little interest in problems of school violence; and adults, rather than students, are seen as the primary victims. Thus, counsellors try to reduce school violence primarily through training and reflecting with school staff. Several empirical arguments suggest that the adults' perceptions of the students are a determining factor in the social regulation of school violence. This violence consists mostly of incivilities that are only slightly reprehensible but often unbearable for certain teachers. Depending on whether the school staff try to understand the incivilities or can only see them as pure savagery, they either try to control them through education or they lose confidence in their professional mission. The goal of counsellors is both to help the personnel develop their capacities and motivate them to analyze the students' behavior.

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hal-04035285 , version 1 (17-03-2023)

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Pascal Mallet, Benjamin Paty. How French counsellors treat school violence: An adult-centered approach. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 1999, 21 (4), pp.279-300. ⟨10.1023/A:1005678410105⟩. ⟨hal-04035285⟩
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