Entre Dos Mundos/Between Two Worlds youth violence prevention: Comparing psychodramatic and support group delivery formats

Paul R. Smokowski, Martica Bacallao

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Abstract

This study evaluates the efficacy of two implementation strategies for Entre Dos Mundos/Between Two Worlds (EDM), a prevention program for Latino adolescents, measured 1 year after program completion. Using an experimental research design, 81 Latino families were randomly assigned to two formats of EDM prevention that used identical session themes: 56 families attended action-oriented skill training and 25 attended unstructured support groups. When EDM was delivered in action-oriented family groups using psychodrama techniques, the program was associated with lower rates of oppositional defiant behavior, anxious depression, parent-adolescent conflict, and total problems in Lati?o immigrant adolescents. A follow-up 1 year after program completion showed that action-oriented groups maintained superior effects when compared to support groups. The authors discuss implications for practice and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-27
Number of pages25
JournalSmall Group Research
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Group intervention
  • Latinos
  • Program evaluation
  • Youth violence prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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