A meta analysis of studies concerning youth violence suggests that when children see themselves and are seen by surrounding adults as positive, prosocial leaders, they are less likely to become involved in bullying either as bullies or as victims (1). MFT’s have recently been encouraged to work more directly with children (2) and to adapt their service delivery methods to the needs of clients (3). The authors worked directly with 122 children in their community settings, involving parents and school officials as an encouraging audience (4) to the children’s new views of themselves. 90% of preteen girls (ages 9 to 11), and 100% of young teens of both genders (ages 12 to 14) saw themselves as more positive leaders after our 8 week program; 89% of their parents and 90% of school officials independently saw positive changes.
Haiti, marriage and family therapy (MFT), youth violence
Rambo, Anne Hearon; Bello, Nathalie Duque; and Pasquet, Maud
"Rudolf the Haitian Reindeer and Other Heroes: Helping Children Perform Change,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 13:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol13/iss1/5