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NCJ Number: 184973 Find in a Library
Title: Teaching Prosocial Behavior to Antisocial Youth (From Youth Violence: Prevention, Intervention, and Social Policy, P 253-273, 1999, Daniel J. Flannery and C. Ronald Huff, eds. -- See NCJ-184963)
Author(s): Arnold P. Goldstein Ph.D.
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Sale Source: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter describes a responsive intervention strategy and a developmental sequence of psychoeducational, reformity prescription interventions that attempt to operationalize the strategy.
Abstract: The chapter describes the Aggression Replacement Training (ART) program, a three-component training intervention. The program comprises: (1) Skillstreaming, a systematic, psychoeducational intervention aimed at teaching a 50-skill curriculum of prosocial behaviors. It teaches youngsters behaviors they may use instead of aggression; (2) Anger Control Training, which teaches the inhibition of anger, aggression and, more generally, antisocial behavior. It teaches chronically angry and aggressive youth to respond to provocation less impulsively, more reflectively and with less likelihood of acting-out behavior; and (3) Moral Education. This segment of the program exposes youngsters to an extended series of moral dilemmas in a discussion-group context. The resolution of these cognitive conflict situations is intended to advance a youngster's moral reasoning to that of peers with higher-level moral thinking. The chapter includes efficacy evaluations of the ART program and descriptions of programs which have grown out of the ART approach. Table, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Aggression; Behavior modification; Behavior modification training; Juvenile social adjustment; Problem behavior; Socialization; Treatment; Treatment effectiveness; Treatment intervention model; Violence prevention
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