Effectiveness of a Group Therapy Program for Children with Psychosocial Deficits: Benefits of Concurrent Participation in Organized Activities

Lindsay Myerberg*, Brendan A. Rich, Lisa Berghorst, Mary K. Alvord

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Abstract

Prior research suggests children’s involvement in organized activities predicts positive outcomes, although benefits for youth with psychosocial deficits remain unclear. This study examines if activity participation predicts response to a group therapy program for children with psychosocial deficits and if improvements depend on children’s functioning within the organized activity context. Participants were 178 children (M age = 9.6 years) enrolled in a group therapy program. Greater activity participation significantly predicted improvements in family functioning and social skills, suggesting the value of participation in organized activities for youth with psychosocial deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-64
Number of pages25
JournalChild and Family Behavior Therapy
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

Keywords

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Resilience Builder Program
  • family functioning
  • organized activities
  • psychosocial deficits
  • resilience
  • social skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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