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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2013 Sep;40(5):406-18. doi: 10.1007/s10488-012-0432-x.

Not just a walk in the park: efficacy to effectiveness for after school programs in communities of concentrated urban poverty.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, The University of Illinois at Chicago, 1747 West Roosevelt Road, Room 155, Chicago, IL 60608, USA.


This study examined a model for mental health consultation, training and support designed to enhance the benefits of publicly-funded recreational after-school programs in communities of concentrated urban poverty for children's academic, social, and behavioral functioning. We assessed children's mental health needs and examined the feasibility and impact of intervention on program quality and children's psychosocial outcomes in three after-school sites (n = 15 staff, 89 children), compared to three demographically-matched sites that received no intervention (n = 12 staff, 38 children). Findings revealed high staff satisfaction and feasibility of intervention, and modest improvements in observed program quality and staff-reported children's outcomes. Data are considered with a public health lens of mental health promotion for children in urban poverty.

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