Gender and Behaviour

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Counselling needs and the benefits of counselling for students in schools

E.T. Bekere, L.D.N. Tlale


Students experience acute or chronic physical or mental illness, lack of health care, hunger, poverty, abuse, high rates of mobility, alcohol and other drug abuse and a lack of required language skills. In response to these challenges, students express their problems through withdrawal, unhappiness, annoyance and an inability to meet needs, lack of knowledge, partial or total failure, inability to turn aspirations into fruition, anxiety and hyperactivity. A literature review was employed to examine the social, emotional, academic difficulties and career concerns of students without access to appropriate support services to assist them. The purpose of the paper is to establish the counselling needs as well as the benefits of counselling for students in schools.

Keywords: counselling, academic difficulties, counselling needs

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