CHOP's Friend to Friend program has been proven effective for reducing the relational aggression of urban African-American 3rd to 5th grade girls. New research shows that the positive impact of the program extends to the entire classroom, including male students, non-aggressive female students, and even teachers, by channeling the influence of aggressive girls in a positive way and allowing them opportunities to hone their leadership skills.
Violence Prevention Initiative
Next Thursday, June 2nd, National Gun Violence Awareness Day will be marked with events around the country. Among children and youth aged 1-24 years, guns cause two times as many deaths as cancer, five times as many as heart disease, and 20 times as many as infections. CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative is dedicated to bringing a trauma-informed approach to violence prevention intervention at multiple touchpoints in a child’s lifespan, including an Emergency Department-based program which provides direct services to patients who are treated for assault injuries.
At CHOP, we partner with Lutheran Settlement House through the Children’s and Mom’s Project (CAMP) to provide on-site support and resources for caregivers and patients experiencing violence from intimate or romantic partners. I am excited to share my recent conversation with Lutheran Settlement House's Marcella Slick to discuss CAMP’s recent successes and what’s on the horizon for this rapidly-growing program.
As a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, I sometimes face questions such as, “My 5-year-old son much more strongly prefers ‘girl’ toys, like dolls and princesses. What does this mean?” I’m sure many other clinicians also face the same types of questions from time to time. How can we help parents to understand whether these symptoms are part of common exploration, or whether it is a sign of something else?
In this guest blog post, Amanda Parks, a former CIRP@CHOP REU student, shares her experiences working with the Violence Prevention Initiative.
A recently published study has established CHOP’s Friend to Friend as the first and only relational aggression intervention to demonstrate a decrease in relationally-aggressive behaviors among urban minority girls that continued at least a year after the conclusion of the program.
CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative has a new resource available-- a recorded webinar on the topic of gun safety in the home.
Today, we are pleased to share a moderated discussion between two students who worked with CHOP’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP) this summer. VIP is a community-focused, trauma-informed program designed to reduce re-injury and retaliation among youth ages 8 to 18 years by working with them in the hospital and following discharge. Jody Thigpen is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work and will be entering her second year of the program at The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, while Ezekiel Richardson is a second year medical student at The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
I recently went through training in One Kind Word alongside my CIRP@CHOP co-workers. At its core, it teaches folks to positively intervene when they see a parent-child conflict in a way that is helpful and supportive to both parent and child. It actually sounds harder than it really is-- as I learned just hours after my training.
Today, the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) team is proud to wear orange in support of victims of gun violence for National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Read on to learn why gun violence is an American problem that everyone has a stake in solving.