Resilience Interventions For Youth

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Book Chapter

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The Wiley Blackwell Handbook Of Positive Psychological Interventions


There is growing interest in the development and dissemination of interventions that promote resilience among youth. In this chapter we discuss several interventions for youth, which seek to promote resilience both preventatively, before stressors occur, as well as after the occurrence of trauma and stressors. We begin with a brief discussion of two universal prevention programs, the Penn Resiliency Project (PRP) and the Positive Psychology Program (PPP), whichemploy concepts from the fields of positive psychology and cognitive-behavioral therapy to better prepare adolescents to face future stressors. The remainder of the chapter focuses on a novel therapeutic intervention, Game-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (GB-CBT), which further builds upon theory and knowledge from the fields of positive psychology and cognitive-behavioral therapy to promote resilience and well-being after exposure to trauma and loss. GB-CBT uses therapeutic games to teach concepts and skills, increasing participant engagement, motivation, positive emotions, and flow. We discuss the initial implementation of GB-CBT for youth who have been sexually abused, as well as future potential applications.


youth, resilience, interventions, trauma, positive psychology

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John Wiley And Sons


A. C. Parks and S. M. Schueller

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