V. European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences. St Petersburg, Russia, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 11 - 14 September 2014, pp.508
Adolescence is a transitional period in life involving physical, emotional, social and educational changes. During this time, many adolescents, especially those who are emotionally disturbed, experience problems with frustration, anxiety,behavior and depression. Many need the Intervention of schools to assist them to deal with their severe problems and poor self-‐esteem. This study focused the School which works with troubled youths and provides them with programs and activities to deal with their problems and develop into well-‐adjusted and productive individuals. In the present study, a formative evaluation of the programs and activities at the school that can Improve self-‐esteem in selected areas, promotion of relationships, promotion of help and support, school related experiences and development of career awareness, was done, along with pre-‐ and post-‐tests on self-‐esteem, to determine if the School's goal of improving self-‐esteem was being met. The findings indicate, that being exposed to the programs and activities at the School for four-‐ week ,did improve most of the students'self-‐ esteem; however, some did not Improve.Furthermore, the influence of demographic characteristics of the students (age, sex, grade, I.Q.,etc.) and their impact on over-‐time changes in self-‐esteem, was not significant.It was concluded that the self-‐esteem of emotionally disturbed adolescents was improved through the interventions of the programs and activities at a special needs school. The results of the formative evaluation provided data to determine correlations between the programs and activities at the school with self-‐esteem changes.
Keywords: Emotıonally dısturbed, ımprovıng self-‐esteem, specıal needs, school, adolescents