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Brief Consultation Supports Interventions

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Teachers receiving brief consultations taught more content than those who did not receive consultations. Consultation support to deliver a school-based program may need to be tailored and made briefer than is typical to fit different school contexts.

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

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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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Coping with Mental Illness on Tumblr

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Marginalized groups use social media to build social capital and form communities. Social media can be a valuable resource for people experiencing mental illness, but the support experienced online varies among #hashtag communities on Tumblr.

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Comparing Youth Participatory Approaches

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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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Recovery from Substance Abuse: We are as Successful as Those around Us

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The social environment may be a more important influence on substance abuse recovery than previously recognized. Recovery can be strongly influenced by others with whom the recovering individual has regular social contact, whether for good or for bad.

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Gender-Informed Programming for Incarcerated Girls

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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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Social Action Challenging Privilege and Oppression: How Emerging Adults Decide What to Do and When

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Emerging adults reflect on social issues broadly and think critically about how and when to become involved in action. This work can inform strategies to engage individuals in social justice efforts aimed at creating social change across the life-span.

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Activism is Powerful for LGBT Folks

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People who identify as LGBT are more likely to experience psychological distress than their heterosexual peers. Participating in LGBT-related civic and advocacy may foster connection among LGBT people, which may in turn support their well-being.

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Theater: Engaging in Critical Thinking about Social Justice

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Using visual and creative methods, we can engage people in thinking about social justice and their place and responsibilities within it. Art can be an engaging way to encourage people with privilege to work towards social justice.

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

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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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