psy 456 intervention critique

psy 456 intervention critique - Hannah Bauss Psy 456 6/4/10...

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Hannah Bauss Psy 456 6/4/10 Intervention Critique: Fast Track I. Description Fast Track is a comprehensive, long-term, and developmentally based ten year intervention (Grades 1 – 10) that is designed to prevent serious anti-social behavior and related adolescent problems. The Project Overview of Fast Track is based on and guided by a developmental theory that states that the interaction of multiple factors influences the development of antisocial behavior. Because of this theory, the program focuses on improving child competencies, parent effectiveness, school context, and school-home communications which will contribute over time to preventing antisocial behavior from early childhood to adolescence (http://sanford.duke.edu/centers/child/fasttrack/fasttrackoverview.htm). Based on this developmental model, it is key to identify high risk children as soon as they enter school and is equally important for the program to target multiple factors – both protective and risk. This is due to the fact that conduct problems are multidimensional. The model also identifies specific risk factors to target during prevention and suggests what competencies should be enhanced to move these high-risk children into more adaptive developmental trajectories. It is necessary for the program to continue for several years to include the transition from childhood to adolescence because this is a very critical and often traumatic transition for many children and early adolescence (Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group, 1999). Fast Track’s primary goal is to integrate the provision of universal services for all children and selective services for at risk children into a comprehensive model involving the child, school, family, and community (Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group, 1999). According to our text and class material, there are many factors like neuropsychological deficits and parenting styles that affect antisocial behavior in children. If parents use inconsistent
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and/or harsh discipline, provide little supervision or involvement, rigid discipline, if there is maternal substance abuse, nutritional deprivation, physical abuse, lack of stimulation, poverty, or family instabilities there is a greater likelihood of conduct disorders in these children. These are all characteristics that Fast Track aims to eliminate or at least decrease (Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group, 1999). This project targets children who are identified and selected as being high risk when entering first grade. All of these children tend to enter school poorly prepared to meet the social, emotional, and cognitive demands of school. Also, their parents are usually unprepared to effectively relate to the staff members at their child’s school; creating a poor home-school bond which can add to adjustment problems for the children. Overtime these children become aggressive and disruptive, which causes them to be rejected by their families and peers and to receive less support from their teachers. Fast Track tries to intervene and fix
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