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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.

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Mentors Can Help Young Adults Transition to Higher Education

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
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Natural mentors can provide young adults critical support as they transition to college or university. Colleges and universities should help students develop and maintain close relationships with mentors.

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Learning “Maleness”: Implications for Mental Health

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
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Masculinity and mental health are related, especially for adolescent boys. Findings reveal the need to support adolescent boys to resist expectations of stereotypical masculinity.

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Retiring Juvenile Detention Centers for Wrap-Around Community-Based Services

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice
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Youth are not best served in JDC environments and should be diverted to community-based and therapeutic environments whenever possible. Girls’ feedback through a confidential youth advisory process prompted systemic change better suited to meet their needs.

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Comparing Youth Participatory Approaches

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families
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There are many commonalities among Community-Psychology-informed youth participatory approaches. However, approaches differ on the level of emphasis on research to inform action, how much decision-making power young people have throughout the process, and the role and power of adults.

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Gender-Informed Programming for Incarcerated Girls

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice
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Treatments and programs in the juvenile justice system may not work as well for girls as they do for boys. Rehabilitation programs must be understood in context including different program format types (individual, group, family) and program emphases (cognitive, behavioral, family systems).

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Lessons Learned from a Family-Based Intervention for Court-Involved Girls

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice
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Family-based interventions have the potential to reduce recidivism in girls. Contextual factors such as poverty, an unstructured home life, domestic violence, and neglect must be addressed in successful interventions.

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Integrating Youth in Community Based Participatory Research

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Meaningfully engaging youth in research, evaluation, and practice is important. We examined the value of Youth GO as an emerging participatory qualitative method to engage youth in collecting and analyzing data.

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Community Resilience: More Supports, More Impact

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Coalition Building, Marginalized Groups
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Most adults report at least one ACE and ACEs disproportionally impact marginalized communities. Supporting community resilience helps promote child development within families, peer groups, schools, and communities.

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The Scalability of Mentoring

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
Group mentoring is a promising strategy for building resilience among young people vulnerable to school dropout. Mentoring in small groups is more scalable than traditional one-on-one mentoring.

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Gender, Gangs, and Risk-Taking

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Marginalized Groups
Close, emotional proximity to street gangs provide excitement that can become an addiction. While young males are more likely directly involved in gangs, young women derive excitement from their indirect affiliation and support of gang members.

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