The summer treatment program meets the south side of Chicago: Bridging science and service in urban after-school programs

Stacy L. Frazier, Anil Chacko, Christine Van Gessel, Caroline O'Boyle, William E. Pelham

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Background: This paper describes efforts to apply the principles and strategies of an empirically-supported treatment for children with disruptive behaviour problems to a park after-school program serving children in urban poverty. Method: Collaboration with staff proceeded in stages: (1) relationship building, needs assessment, and resource mapping; (2) intervention adaptation and implementation; and (3) implementation support, problem-solving, and sustainability. Results: Four tools capitalised on inherent strengths of the parks, accommodated child and staff needs, and emerged as feasible and effective: Group Discussion, Good Behaviour Game, Peers as Leaders, and Good News Notes. Conclusions: Recreational settings offer opportunities for mental health promotion for children in urban poverty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-92
Number of pages7
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2012



  • After school
  • Collaboration
  • Intervention adaptation
  • Urban poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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