A Group Work Program to Meet the Basic and Specific Needs of Boys, Seven to Nine, at Madison Square Boys’ Club, New York City
Background of the Study. There have been numerous books, pamphlets, and periodicals written on programming for children in which efforts have been made to analyze the general needs of the seven to nine age group, often called "the forgotten group.” Studies of the needs of this age group have been, for the most part, done in relation to a particular group and a particular environment. A study in a setting similar to Madison Square Boys’ Club has not been made. There are few recreational facilities in this area. The nearest outdoor playground is at Thirty-Fifth Street between First and Second Avenues. Indoor facilities are offered by the Goddard Neighborhood Center, a private group work agency at Thirty-Fourth Street and First Avenue, and the Police Athletic League at Incarnation Church which sponsors a gymnasium program. The commercial recreational facilities most used by the youngsters are the Regent and the Superior Theatres. In this area, where few constructive leisure time activities are available, M.S.B.C. tries to influence through its program as many youngsters as possible. This is one of the means through which the individual may achieve a sense of security, affection, and status, and thus learn the need to cooperate with others.
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Pagano, Antonia Rose, "A Group Work Program to Meet the Basic and Specific Needs of Boys, Seven to Nine, at Madison Square Boys’ Club, New York City" (1950). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30725016.