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.
Current challenges in psychology of social
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According the author, 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, which
never existed before: we live in an ever-quickening changing society. That raises a set of
new challenges to practitioners of the welfare systems, particularly that of taking more
into account the new macrosocial dynamics.
From that perspective 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. The importance of
non-material dimensions of social life in social change processes are pointed out. The new
perspectives and goals involved with the quality of life concept are discussed. Media
influence in the processes of social change are also
considered. And finally a scheme to reflect and debate some outstanding challenges for
social intervention are offered.
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
Journal article by Bonnie Brinton, Martin Fujiki; Communication Disorders Quarterly, Vol.
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.
Abstract: The Graduated Recovery Intervention Program (GRIP) is a novel
cognitive-behavioural therapy program designed to facilitate functional recovery in people
who have experienced an initial episode of psychosis. In this paper, the treatment
development process of GRIP is described and data from an open feasibility trial are
presented. Findings suggest clinical and psychosocial benefits associated with GRIP, and
the treatment was well-received by clients and therapists. The retention rate of 67%,
however, suggests the need for protocol modifications to improve engagement.
A Group Social Skills Intervention Program for
Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors
M. Barrera, PhD CPsych and F. Schulte, MA
Journal of Pediatric Psychology Advance Access published online on March 25, 2009
Abstract: Objective The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and
preliminary outcomes of a skills group social intervention program for child brain tumor
Methods: Participants were 32 survivors (14 females) aged 818 years. Medulloblastoma
(28%) was the main diagnosis. The intervention consisted of eight 2-hr weekly sessions
focused on social skills including friendship making and assertion. Survivors and parents
completed measures of social skills, quality of life, behavior and depression, at
baseline, pre- and post-intervention, and 6 months later. Results Feasibility analyses
revealed promising acceptability, retention, recruitment, and treatment fidelity.
Significant improvement was found after social intervention based on parents reports
of self-control [F(1,27) = 5.97, p <.05], social skills [F(1,28) = 5.70, p <.05],
and quality of life [F(1,15) = 17.98, p <.01].
Conclusions: 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
Abstract: This paper reports on preliminary findings of a longitudinal qualitative study
evaluating an NIH funded program designed to increase the participation of
underrepresented minority group students in biomedical
research. Forty students at different stages of the program were interviewed during the
first half of the study. Students displayed large variations in their levels of previous
exposure to specific kinds of social and cultural capital that according to the literature
are associated with success in scientific careers. Exposure to these types of capital
through the social intervention program had a positive impact on all students,
particularly on those entering the program with little or no previous exposure. Students
acquired the skills to develop professional relations with senior researchers in their
fields of interest and had opportunities to create these relationships. It is still too
early to ascertain whether these program benefits will have a long term impact on their
career paths. Findings point to the need for social interventions for underrepresented
groups to include exposure to social and cultural capital as well as their traditional