Pilot evaluation of a targeted intervention for peer-victimized youth

Paula J. Fite, John L. Cooley, Jonathan Poquiz, Anne Williford

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Abstract

Objective: Due to the limited effectiveness of extant prevention and intervention strategies, the current study is an initial evaluation of a cognitive behavioral group intervention, originally designed to treat symptoms of depression and anxiety, for youth who experienced peer victimization. Methods: Twelve third- through fifth-grade youth participated in the intervention, and their data were compared with 12 youth who were a part of a naturalistic control group. Additionally, school-wide data are reported to provide overall school trends. Results: Whereas the intervention group participants exhibited decreases in relational victimization, depressive symptoms, and passive coping, the control group participants exhibited nonsignificant increases in relational victimization, depressive symptoms, and passive coping. School-wide data also indicated overall increases in relational victimization and depressive symptoms, but no changes in passive coping. Conclusion: Findings suggest that cognitive behavioral group interventions may provide a promising avenue for addressing the mental health needs of victimized elementary school-age youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-65
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The intervention research was funded by a General Research Fund grant awarded to the first author by the University of Kansas. School-wide data collection was funded by an Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz fellowship from the American Psychological Foundation and a Routh Research and Dissertation Grant from the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology awarded to the J. L. C.

Funding Information:
The intervention research was funded by a General Research Fund grant awarded to the first author by the

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Keywords

  • cognitive behavioral intervention
  • middle childhood
  • peer victimization

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