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NCJ Number: NCJ 240727     Find in a Library
Title: Helping Children Cope with Violence and Trauma: A School-Based Program That Works
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Corporate Author: Rand Corporation
United States of America
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 7
  Annotation: This study examined a school program developed to aid children traumatized by violence.
Abstract: The key findings from this study include the following: the program examined in the study – Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) significantly reduced symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression in students exposed to violence; the program was successfully delivered by school mental health clinicians; the program produced consistent results and was well accepted by students, staff, and parents; and a version of the program was adapted and delivered by regular school staff with no mental health training. The study was conducted during the 2000-2001 school year and involved 159 students from 2 middle schools in located in Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Students were eligible to participate in the program based on the following criteria: substantial direct exposure to violence, presence of post-traumatic stress symptoms, and willingness to discuss their symptoms in a group setting. The students were assigned to one of two groups: immediate participation in the CBITS program or delayed participation in the program. Following completion of the program, the students were assesses to measure changes in their trauma symptoms. The study’s findings show that the CBITS program significantly helped students cope with the devastating effects of violence, and that program participants reported fewer symptoms of post-traumatic stress, depression, and psychological dysfunction. Use of the program in other States and countries is discussed. 2 figures
Main Term(s): Exposure to Violence
Index Term(s): Violence ; Mental health ; Mental health services ; Children at risk ; Juvenile mental health services ; Victims of violence ; Adolescents at risk ; Coping (victims of crime)
Sale Source: Rand Corporation
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Type: Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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