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NCJ Number: 217811 Find in a Library
Title: School-Based Intervention for Adolescents Exposed to Violence
Journal: Prevention Researcher  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:February 2007  Pages:17-19
Author(s): Marleen Wong Ph.D.; Michelle E. Rosemond M.S.; Bradley D. Stein Ph.D.; Audra K. Langley Ph.D.; Sheryl H. Kataoka M.D.; Erum Nadeem Ph.D.
Date Published: February 2007
Page Count: 3
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the use of trauma focused intervention in schools for adolescents exposed to violence.
Abstract: Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for trauma in schools (CBITS) has successfully been implemented and blends the best of science-to-school mental health practice, resulting in a program identified nationally as an evidence-based program. It has evolved from educators’ awareness that community violence affects a large number of victims who suffer in silence without recognition of their unmet mental health needs. From a school perspective, addressing the mental health needs of students enables them to participate in the educational process. School crisis intervention programs in collaboration with ongoing school mental health services are in the ideal position to provide early intervention to youth who are suffering from violence exposure. The CBITS uniquely meets these needs and attempts to reduce the negative outcomes associated with trauma. A growing body of literature supports the connection between mental health and academic outcomes. With that said, there is an increased need for trauma related services in schools to address the ongoing issue of violence exposure among adolescents. When adolescents are exposed to violence, it affects their normal development and can result in psychological, behavioral, and school-related problems. Most youth exposed to violence develop psychological problems which are related to poor functioning at home and at school. These problematic behaviors warrant intervention. References
Main Term(s): Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk; Crisis intervention; Juvenile mental health services; Mental health services; Reactions to crime; School based family services; School delinquency programs; Victim reactions to crime; Victim services; Violence prevention
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