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NCJ Number: NCJ 217918     Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of a Theater-Based Youth Violence Prevention Program for Elementary School Children
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Cassandre Kisiel ; Margaret Blaustein ; Joseph Spinazzola ; Caren Swift Schmidt ; Marla Zucker ; Bessel van der Kolk
  Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:2006  Pages:19 to 36
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 18
  Annotation: This study evaluated the impact of Urban Improv (UI), a theater-based youth violence prevention program for inner-city youth.
Abstract: The results of this study support Urban Improv (UI) as a promising practice for youth violence prevention (YVP) with inner-city elementary school children which lends support to the application of arts-based programs in YVP initiatives. Findings indicate increased prosocial behaviors, prevention of new-onset aggression, and decreased hyperactivity and internalizing symptoms among students participating in UI. Evidence from the study suggest that the elementary school years may be an important time to intervene, especially given the developmental shift that occurs during middle school, when peers assume a more influential role in youth decisionmaking. Schools are seen as an important setting for YVP programs. However, to date, few YVP have been designed and tested with elementary school children. In addition, theater-based strategies for YVP may be particularly effective for engagement and learning among urban youth who are often faced with violent scenarios. This evaluative study examined the impact of UI on three outcome domains: aggressive and externalizing behaviors; prosocial behaviors; and scholastic attention and engagement. The evaluation was a quasi-experimental matched control, multi-outcome evaluation with elementary school students in the fourth grade. Table, figure, and references
Main Term(s): Violence prevention
Index Term(s): Violence ; Program evaluation ; Juvenile delinquency prevention ; School security ; Juvenile program evaluation ; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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