School Intervention Related to School and Community Violence

Published In: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, v. 23, no. 2, Apr. 2014, p. 281-293

Posted on RAND.org on March 28, 2014

by Lisa H. Jaycox, Bradley D. Stein, Marleen Wong

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Schools are well positioned to facilitate recovery for students exposed to community or school violence or other traumatic life events affecting populations of youth. This article describes how schools can circumvent several key barriers to mental health service provision, outcomes that school interventions target, and the role of the family in school-based services. It includes a description of the history of schools in facilitating recovery for students exposed to traumatic events, particularly related to crisis intervention, and the current status of early intervention and strategies for long-term recovery in the school setting. Challenges and future directions are also discussed.

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