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Winter 1999


Originally printed in Academic Exchange, Winter, 1999, p. 28-34


This article offers an examination of the ways in which college students manage and cope with client displays of physical or emotional affection toward them during their work in child- or farnily-related service learning placements. This paper also offers suggestions for assisting college students who may encounter displays of affection during their work with children. In order to explore this topic, a convenience sample of 77 college student service learning journals were collected and content-analyzed for common or recurrent themes across the journals. Analyses of the journals revealed that both men and women struggle to find appropriate responses to client affection.



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