Expressive writing intervention promotes resilience among juvenile justice-involved youth

Greenbaum, C. A.,
Javdani, S.
Year Published: 2017
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Children and Youth Services Review
Volume: 73

Issue: February 2017

Youth involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems have high rates of mental health challenges, yet there is a lack of trauma-informed and youth-centered treatments that are clinically feasible in under-resourced residential settings such as juvenile detention facilities. In response to this gap, these authors collaborated with the juvenile justice subsection of a large American city's child welfare system to create WRITE ON (Writing and Reflecting on Identity To Empower Ourselves as Narrators), an intervention tailored to the needs of underserved system-involved youth. Here, the authors describe the development and pilot evaluation of WRITE ON. Results indicate that the intervention was delivered with good fidelity, participants reported high levels of satisfaction, and WRITE ON participants exhibited significant gains in resilience compared to their counterparts in a comparison support group condition. Modified Author Abstract.

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