The proposed program will develop, implement and evaluate a semester-long, multi-component training to reduce anger and violence among high-risk youth with a previous history of adjudication. The training will be implemented at four JCCS sites with about 60 students divided over 2 semesters as part of an "after-academics" curriculum for youth attending an extended 8-hour day program. The proposed specific aims for evaluation describe both immediate outcomes to be achieved by the intervention as well as more distal possible consequences of the training program; immediate outcomes are presumed to mediate lifestyle changes and consequential risks of morbidity. These aims are:
1. To determine whether the experimental training program differentially increases prosocial attitudes and utilization of peer resistance assertive skills related to anger management in trained youth relative to youth participating in an STD/HIV prevention training;
2. To determine whether training results in differential changes in violence-related risk practices relative to youth participating in an STD/HIV prevention training; and
3. To explore the differential change between training groups in specific outcomes, including physical attacks, degree of injury and arrests, and related medical services utilization.
The Control Group for the proposed study will consist of about 60 youth attending four separate school sites who are receiving an HIV prevention intervention of the same length and similar design to the one described here for anger management/violence reduction.
Principal Investigator: Mel Hovell, PhD, MPH
Project Coordinator: Carol Sipan, MPH
Source: Alliance Healthcare Foundation