Sociology Index

SOCIAL INTERVENTION PROGRAMS

Social Intervention Programs are activities by government, social agencies and volunteers designed to change and improve the social situation of individuals, groups and community, strengthen social bonds and encourage internalization of social control. Psychologists involved in social intervention programs are often focused in microsocial assessment and personal or family change. Social psychology has often underlined the importance of contexts.

In our present societies the macrocontext has some unique characteristics. We live in an ever-quickening changing society. Reflections about the need to change social representations of social groups, of their social problems and of the way to cope with such problems are proposed. Media influence in the processes of social change are also considered. A scheme to reflect and debate some outstanding challenges for social intervention are offered.

That raises a set of new challenges to practitioners of the welfare systems, particularly that of taking more into account the new macrosocial dynamics. Current challenges in psychology of social intervention CASAS, Ferrán.

Evaluation of Social Intervention Programs - Guttentag, Marcia
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 218, issue 1 Critical Huma, pp. 3-13

Social Intervention for Children with Language Impairment: Factors Affecting Efficacy
Journal article by Bonnie Brinton, Martin Fujiki; Communication Disorders Quarterly, Vol. 28, 2006.

The Graduated Recovery Intervention Program for first episode psychosis: treatment development and preliminary data. - Community Mental Health Journal, 44(6), December 2008, pp.443-455.
The Graduated Recovery Social Intervention Program is a novel cognitive-behavioral therapy program designed to facilitate functional recovery in people who have experienced an initial episode of psychosis. The treatment development process of Graduated Recovery Social Intervention Program is described. Findings suggest clinical and psychosocial benefits associated with Graduated Recovery Social Intervention Program.

A Group Social Skills Intervention Program for Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors
M. Barrera, PhD CPsych and F. Schulte, MA.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a skills group social intervention program for child brain tumor survivors. Significant improvement was found after social intervention based on parents’ reports of self-control, social skills , and quality of life. The social intervention is feasible and outcomes based on parental reports provide preliminary support for the efficacy of the program.

Can an Intervention Program Provide Social Capital and Cultural Capital for Minority Students?
Acherman, Dora. and Perez, Linda
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association
Preliminary findings of longitudinal studies and qualitative research evaluating an NIH funded program designed to increase the participation of underrepresented minority group students in biomedical research. Exposure to social capital and cultural capital through the social intervention program had a positive impact on all students. It is still too early to ascertain whether these social intervention program benefits will have a long term impact. Findings point to the need for social intervention program for underrepresented groups to include exposure to social capital and cultural capital.