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PPN Newsletter             November 2006


Listed below are recent updates to the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities website (http://www.promisingpractices.net).


NEW PROGRAMS THAT WORK

This month PPN has added three new program summaries that focus on children's behavior and mental health:


Social Decision Making/Problem Solving Program Helps Children with Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Problems

Children behaving in classroom
The Social Decision Making/Problem Solving (SDM/PS) program helps students in grades K-8 acquire social and decision-making skills and to apply them to real situations. The program seeks to develop children's self-esteem, self-control, and social awareness skills, as well as skills for coping with stress and emotions. Evaluation results show that participants experienced improved socialization and also had better emotional and behavioral self-control, even when exposed to distressing situations.

Go to PPN pageMore about the SDM/PS programGo to PPN pageMore programs related to behaviorial problems in children

Coping Cat Program Improves Anxiety and Coping Skills in Children and Adolescents

Girl coping with anxiety
The Coping Cat program is a cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention that helps children aged 8-17 recognize and analyze anxious feelings and develop strategies to cope with anxiety-provoking situations. The program uses several behavioral training strategies, including cognitive restructuring, simulation, real-life exposure, and relaxation training. Participants reported improved coping skills and reductions in anxiety, fear, and depression. Parents also reported improved behavioral, social, and health outcomes for their children.

Go to PPN pageMore about the Coping Cat programGo to PPN pageMore programs related to children's mental health

RECAP Program Reduces Variety of Behavioral Problems in Young Children

Boy with behavioral problems
The Reaching Educators, Children, and Parents (RECAP) program is a comprehensive school-based skills training program designed for young children who experience both internalizing behavioral problems (withdrawn, anxious, and depressed behavior) and externalizing behavioral problems (aggressive, oppositional, and impulsive behavior). The program's primary goals are to reduce psychological problems and to prevent more serious problems among children who aren't receiving formal mental health services. Results show participants generally experienced decreases in both internalizing and externalizing problem behaviors, although results can vary depending on who is reporting the behaviors: parent, teacher, peer, or the participating child.

Go to PPN pageMore about the RECAP programGo to PPN pageMore programs related to behaviorial problems in children


UPDATED PROGRAMS THAT WORK

This month PPN has updated the following program summary:

Postponing Sexual Involvement/Human Sexuality Educational Series



RESEARCH IN BRIEF

Listed below are research summaries that have been added to the PPN site this month.


See all for 2006 »  Healthy and Safe Children


Delaying Second Births Among Adolescent Mothers — Oct. 2006

Examining Characteristics and Associated Distress Related to Internet Harassment: Findings From the Second Youth Internet Safety Survey — Oct. 2006

Family Characteristics Have More Influence on Child Development than Does Experience in Child Care — Oct. 2006

Preschoolers with ADHD Improve with Low Doses of Medication — Oct. 2006

Prescription Drug Costs for Children with Special Health Care Needs — Oct. 2006

STD-Prevention Counseling Practices and Human Papillomavirus Opinions Among Clinicians with Adolescent Patients — Oct. 2006

Children with Special Health Care Needs in Commercial Plans — Sep. 2006

No Shelter from the Storm: America's Uninsured Children — Sep. 2006

Foster Care Youth — Aug. 2006

SCHIP Enrollees with Special Health Care Needs and Access to Care — Aug. 2006


See all for 2006 »  Children Ready for School


Family Characteristics Have More Influence on Child Development than Does Experience in Child Care — Oct. 2006


See all for 2006 »  Children Succeeding in School


Association Between Television, Movie, and Video Game Exposure and School Performance — Oct. 2006


See all for 2006 »  Strong Families


Basic Facts About Low-Income Children: Birth to Age 18 — Sep. 2006

No Shelter from the Storm: America's Uninsured Children — Sep. 2006

Foster Care Youth — Aug. 2006



ABOUT OUR SPONSORS

The Promising Practices Network appreciates the generous financial support of the following organizations:


Annie E. Casey Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation

The Children's Institute

Colorado Foundation for Families and Children

The Colorado Trust

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Family and Community Trust

Family Connection Partnership

Foundation Consortium for California's Children & Youth

Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF)

Kansas Action for Children

KidsOhio.org

Northwest Early Childhood Institute

New York State Office of Children & Family Services

Oregon Commission on Children and Families

Parents Action for Children (formerly the I Am Your Child Foundation)

RAND Corporation

The Spencer Foundation


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