Fr Kuriakose Pallikunnel successfully defended his doctoral thesis in Psychology at the Bangalore University today (October 08, 2009). The thesis is titled Efficacy of Life Skills Counseling for Street Children. The research, a multi-phase, multi-stage quasi-experimental study, compares Street and Non-street children on their psychological competencies and assesses the efficacy of differential methods of Life Skills Counseling on Street Children. The models of counseling explored are Mentor-led, Peer-led, Staff-led, and Mixed Triad-led Counseling.
The 281 page long thesis is indubitably a notable contribution in the field of counseling. The manuals prepared for the training of counselors and for Life Skills Counseling sessions are a commendable and precious contribution to work with the adolescent young at risk. For Salesians and every one else sacrificing themselves for the welfare of children on the street, the research will contribute much towards enhancing their ministry.
The erudite guide, Dr Sudha Bhogle, and the illustrious examiners, Dr Kiran Rao (Former faculty of NIMHANS) and Dr Raseena Padmam (Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam) rated the thesis highly meritorious and praised the work in glowing terms.
The official declaration of the results and the awarding of the degree by the University are eagerly awaited.
Fr Kuriakose is a member of the Juvenile Justice Board, Ernakulam Dt.
Congratulations to Fr (Dr) Kuriakose, SDB.
Thomas Koonan, SDB