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

  • Stacy L. Frazier
  • Sonya Mathies Dinizulu
  • Dana Rusch
  • Maya M. Boustani
  • Tara G. Mehta
  • Kristin Reitz
Original Article

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Urban poverty Early adolescence After school Risk and resilience 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stacy L. Frazier
    • 1
  • Sonya Mathies Dinizulu
    • 2
  • Dana Rusch
    • 2
  • Maya M. Boustani
    • 1
  • Tara G. Mehta
    • 2
  • Kristin Reitz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Center for Children and Families, Clinical Science Program in Child and Adolescent PsychologyFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, Institute for Juvenile ResearchUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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