Constructing counseling through narrating adolescence

Zvi Bekerman*, Moshe Tatar

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In this paper we analyze personal narratives of school counseling students so as to better understand how they perceive the influence of their own adolescence on their present views regarding adolescence and counseling. Through the textual analysis of the narratives, we map their perceptions of adolescence and counseling. We consider if and how traditional adolescence views are replicate in the students' narratives, and reflect on the students' characterizations of the school counselor's roles and tasks. The sample includes 34 female respondents aged between 25 and 47 years old. We show that many of the issues raised in the narratives seem to point to a perception of the participants of a need to radically change the school (institutional) culture. We conclude by pointing at the potential confluence between the narratives' discourse and traditional conceptualizations in sociology and anthropology regarding the organization and practices of informal social spheres.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)311-320
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2005


  • Adolescence
  • Constructivist perspectives
  • Life narratives
  • School counseling


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