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After school program has impressive results

13 Jun
An inspired after-school program for at-risk, African American, middle school students that has them imagining themselves as successful adults, results in greater bonding to school, better attendance, less trouble and more positive attitudes..
Daphna Oyserman and two colleagues at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan recently wrote up a wonderful report on the 9-week after-school, small group, activities-based intervention they developed for at-risk, African American, middle school students. The focus of the group work was on helping the kids imagine themselves as successful adults, and connecting their future imaginings to their current school involvement.

Three cohorts totaling 62 kids (146 controls) were evaluated at the end of the school year, and, compared to the controls, were found to have greater bonding to school, more concern about doing well in school, more "balanced" possible selves, a larger number of plausible strategies to attain these possible selves, better school attendance, and for boys, less trouble at school.

Not bad for 9 weeks, eh?

You can read more about this by reading the journal article. Here is the citation: Oyserman D, Terry K, Bybee D. A possible selves intervention to enhance school involvement. Journal of Adolescence. 2002 Jun; 25 (3): pages 313-26. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award