ERIC Number: EJ914131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Increasing Self-Empowerment Related to Depression among Court-Involved Youth: The Moods Matter Project
Calley, Nancy G.; Hawley, Lisa D.
Michigan Journal of Counseling: Research, Theory, and Practice, v37 n2 p18-30 Win 2010
An empirically-guided program designed to empower at-risk youth through increased knowledge of depression and prevention resources was developed and implemented. Ninety-three court-involved adolescents participated in the "Moods Matter" project, a four-part psycho-educational group experience rooted in the principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Addressing the disproportionate incidence of depression among court-involved youth and the need for short-term interventions that promote self-employment, the program was developed specifically for court-involved youth in out of home placement. The results of this exploratory pilot study found significant gains among participants related to increased knowledge of depression. Additionally, all participants successfully completed an individualized safety plan following the intervention.
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, At Risk Students, Juvenile Justice, Group Experience, Therapy, Depression (Psychology), Youth Employment, Juvenile Courts, Placement, Intervention, Knowledge Level, Safety, Psychoeducational Methods, Adolescents, Program Development
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