An initial evaluation of a culturally adapted social problem-solving and relational aggression prevention program for urban African-American relationally aggressive girls.

TitleAn initial evaluation of a culturally adapted social problem-solving and relational aggression prevention program for urban African-American relationally aggressive girls.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsLeff SS, Gullan RLakin, Paskewich B, Abdul-Kabir S, Jawad AF, Grossman M, Munro MA, Power TJ
JournalJ Prev Interv Community
Volume37
Issue4
Pagination260-74
Date Published2009
ISSN1540-7330
KeywordsAfrican Americans, aggression, Boston, Child, Consumer Participation, Consumer Satisfaction, Cultural Competency, Curriculum, Female, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Male, Mental Health Services, Schools, Urban Population, Violence
Abstract

Recent research demonstrating that relational aggression is associated with peer relationship difficulties, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, social processing deficits, and possibly later mental health disorders among girls has emphasized the need to address the unique expression of aggression among females. Despite these findings, almost all aggression interventions have been directed toward physically aggressive boys. In the current article, the authors describe the acceptability and initial effectiveness of a culturally adapted social problem-solving/social skills intervention for inner-city 3rd- to 5th-grade urban, African American, relationally aggressive girls called the Friend to Friend Program. The authors partnered with youth, teachers, parents, and playground supervisors to design the program, and the current study presents preliminary data suggesting that the intervention is viewed as highly acceptable by participating girls and teachers. Further, the intervention appears to have promise for decreasing at-risk girls' levels of relationally and physically aggressive behaviors, hostile attributions, and loneliness.

DOI10.1080/10852350903196274
Alternate JournalJ Prev Interv Community
PubMed ID19830622
PubMed Central IDPMC2860778
Grant ListK23 MH001728-05 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
K23-MH01728 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States