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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Scot M. Allgood


The Lincoln Elementary School needs assessment surveyed students in the third through fifth grades and their parents in order to identify strengths and concerns in their school and community. It also investigated whether or not participants considered family counseling skills as a concern or a strength. The results showed that the concerns and strengths identified by participants fell into three categories: family, community, and school. Parents' primary concern was children watching TV, while children's primary concern was getting enough sleep. Group differences were identified by ethnicity, gender, and marital status. These differences included English/Spanish skills, children showing respect for authority, and Accelerated Reader Program. Family counseling services was not identified as a concern or strength. However, results indicate that schools are a promising arena for marriage and family therapists to offer their skills in providing needed services.