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Title: Effectiveness of an afterschool sports mentoring program in promoting interpersonal relationships
Authors: Hart, Allison B.
Keywords: Psychology;After-school programs;School sports
Issue Date: 15-Sep-2010
Abstract: Resilience refers to a dynamic process encompassing positive adaption within the context of significant adversity. Implicit within this notion are two critical conditions: (1) exposure to significant threat or severe adversity; and (2) the achievement of positive adaptation despite such threats or adversity. A large number of children are exposed to marked psychosocial and environmental stressors in their lives, particularly during the “critical hours,” the hours immediately following school. As a result, afterschool programs have proliferated in the United States. This study contributes to the current literature by examining whether these programs contribute to the resiliency of youth exposed to significant adversity? This study will assess the impact of one afterschool program, SquashSmarts, on an identified protective factor – the strength and quality of a child’s interpersonal relationships. The study used the Clinical Assessment of Interpersonal Relationships (CAIR) (Bracken, 2006) to operationalize the perception of the quality of the youth’s interpersonal relationships. Consistent with predictions, results indicated that students who participated in the SquashSmarts program enhanced their interpersonal relationships in three domains--home, social and academic--thereby increasing that protective factor and contributing to the child’s resilience.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3362
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