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Children, Youth and Families

Children, youth, and families are members of many communities which may include neighborhoods, schools, and religious and civic groups. Community Psychologists study the interests of child and adolescents within these communities. Particular attention is paid to development in high risk contexts and especially the impact of urban poverty and community structures on child and family development.

Indigenous Culture and Wellness: Healing and Wellbeing in the face of Colonization

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups | Tags:
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Indigenous Peoples are revitalizing our culture and way of life, improving our ability to self-heal. When accounting for an individual’s cultural efficacy in our study, cultural engagement was related to lower levels of anxiety and was significantly related to flourishing mental wellbeing.

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Behavioral Health Screening Improves Provider Confidence to Holistically Serve Clients

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Healthcare, Violence Prevention | Tags:
A domestic violence shelter successfully launched a behavioral health screening program for adults and children who have experienced IPV. Offering behavioral health screening for families who have survived IPV can help determine concerns and get them the services they need to continue their healing journey.

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Importance of Social Supports to Resiliency for Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Housing, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status | Tags:
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Informal supports are an important sources of resilience for low-income families who may be excluded from or are reluctant to engage with formal social systems. Social ties can help households withstand threats to their living arrangements and may be a powerful tool in disrupting pathways to behavior problems among teens.

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Using Storyboarding to Train School Staff to Deliver Mental Health Interventions

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health | Tags:
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Storyboarding can creatively engage families to share their experiences with mental health problems. Community-engaged tools such as storyboarding can be used to increase awareness and reduce stigma of maternal depression among staff training to deliver family-focused mental health programs in schools.

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Improving Mental Health in Rural Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Coalition Building, Mental Health | Tags:
This project and study incorporate community members and students into a decision-making process to guide community-level mental health interventions for youth. The CBPR method encourages agency and decision-making power. Community involvement may lead to greater community connectedness.

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Digital storytelling process starts with telling a story, getting feedback, and then re-telling the story in a more empowered way.

Re-Writing Our Stories through Digital Storytelling

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Community digital storytelling is a form of action research that can effectively communicate different perspectives. We created a model for interventions that combine digital storytelling, narrative inquiry, and facilitated peer-to-peer work to create a space for collective empowerment.

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Support for Evidence-Based Mentoring for Youth in Foster Care

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Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF) is one of very few evidence-based youth mentoring interventions for youth in foster care. FHF has positive effects on youth in foster care and improves the mental health of children with varied relational histories.

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Online Youth Mentoring: Creating a Safe and Comfortable Space can Result in Meaningful Digital Connections

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The individual effort of youth mentors during the COVID-19 pandemic showed commitment and intentionality. Mentoring programs can develop emergency plans (like moving to digital operations) to prepare for unexpected events with the intention of ensuring continuous support for mentees.

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Nuancing Community Violence Exposure

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
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Many African American adolescents living in low-resourced urban neighborhoods experience high exposure to community violence. Exposure may vary over time and be influenced by individual- and contextual-level factors. Identifying specific risk factors associated with more chronic and severe exposure may guide preventive intervention efforts.

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Littman Conceptual Model of Third Places

How Can “Third Place” Settings Support Young People who Endure Social Marginalization?

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups
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Social policing may inhibit young people from feeling welcome and safe and connecting with their peers and adults in the community who can support them. Third places are public settings that foster sociability and can support young people who experience marginalization.

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