Building Resilience After School for Early Adolescents in Urban Poverty: Open Trial of Leaders @ Play.

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Dr.  Maya Boustani, PhD
Dr. Maya Boustani, PhD
Loma Linda University
Assistant Professor
Adolescent risky behaviors
Loma Linda, CA | United States

Adm Policy Ment Health 2015 Nov;42(6):723-36

Department of Psychiatry, Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA.

Leaders @ Play is a park after-school program for urban middle school youth designed to leverage recreational activities for social emotional learning. Mental health and park staff co-facilitated sports and games to teach and practice problem solving, emotion regulation, and effective communication. Additional practice occurred during multi-family groups and summer internships as junior camp counselors. We examined feasibility and promise via an open trial (n = 3 parks, 46 youth, 100 % African American, 100 % low-income, 59 % female, M = 13.09 years old). Improvements in social skills and reductions in problem behaviors lend support to after school programs as a space for mental health promotion.

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