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NCJ Number: 208131 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing Aggressive Behavior in Boys with a Social Cognitive Group Treatment: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:43  Issue:12  Dated:December 2004  Pages:1478-1487
Author(s): Teun G. Van Manen M.A; Pier J.M. Prins Ph.D.; Paul M.G. Emmelkamp Ph.D.
Editor(s): Mina K. Dulcan M.D.
Date Published: December 2004
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the effectiveness of a social cognitive intervention program (SCIP) for aggressive boys and compared the results with a social skill training (SST) and a waitlist (WL) control group.
Abstract: This study examined the effectiveness of a social cognitive intervention program (SCIP) that was developed for aggressive children to address their social cognitive deficits and distortions related to all stages of Dodge’s 1994 model of social information processing. The randomized controlled trial study investigated the effectiveness of the SCIP based on Dodge’s model and compared the results with a social skill training (SST) and a waitlist (WL) control group. Study participants consisted of 97 aggressive boys, aged 9 to 13 years. The boys were referred for treatment to outpatient mental health clinics in various cities in the Netherlands. The results supported the effectiveness of both the SCIP and the SST. Although children in both treatment conditions improved, children in the SCIP condition showed improvement on more outcome measures at post-test and follow-up. The results support the expectation that focusing on deficits and distortions in SCIP instead of just focusing on SST would enhance treatment effectiveness because significantly greater improvement was found for the children treated with the SCIP. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Violence prevention
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Aggression; Behavior modification; Cognitive therapy; Problem behavior; Program evaluation; Social skills training; Treatment; Treatment effectiveness; Violence; Violent juvenile offenders; Violent men
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