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

Frazier, Stacy; Dinizulu, Sonya; Rusch, Dana; Boustani, Maya; Mehta, Tara; Reitz, Kristin
November 2015
Administration & Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Service;Nov2015, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p723
Academic Journal
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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