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The Summer Treatment Program Meets the South Side of Chicago: Bridging Science and Service in Urban After-School Programs.

Authors
  • Frazier, Stacy L1
  • Chacko, Anil
  • Van Gessel, Christine
  • O'Boyle, Caroline
  • Pelham, William E
  • 1 The University of Illinois at Chicago, 1747 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Illinois 60446, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Child and adolescent mental health
Publication Date
May 01, 2012
Volume
17
Issue
2
Pages
86–92
Identifiers
PMID: 23275759
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This paper describes efforts to apply the principles and strategies of an empirically-supported treatment for children with disruptive behaviour problems to a park after-school program serving children in urban poverty. METHOD: Collaboration with staff proceeded in stages: (1) relationship building, needs assessment, and resource mapping; (2) intervention adaptation and implementation; and (3) implementation support, problem-solving, and sustainability. RESULTS: Four tools capitalised on inherent strengths of the parks, accommodated child and staff needs, and emerged as feasible and effective: Group Discussion, Good Behaviour Game, Peers as Leaders, and Good News Notes. CONCLUSIONS: Recreational settings offer opportunities for mental health promotion for children in urban poverty.

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