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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102


Purpose:

This study will evaluate the effectiveness of an anger management treatment program, Juvenile Justice Anger Management for Girls, in reducing anger-related behaviors displayed by girls in the juvenile justice system.


Study summary:

Girls represent a growing segment of the juvenile justice population in the United States, with a large number of them being victims of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse. These girls have special needs in terms of treatment and rehabilitation; however, little research exists on effective mental health treatments for female juvenile offenders in justice facilities. Despite the severity of anger-related behaviors displayed by girls in the juvenile justice system, no anger management treatments have been systematically developed to meet the unique treatment needs of delinquent girls. Treatment programs that provide gender-specific education, counseling, and emotional support are necessary for addressing the aggressive behaviors and psychological distress often displayed among this population. One such treatment program, the Juvenile Justice Anger Management (JJAM) for Girls, is an anger management program adapted from Lochman's Coping Power program, an empirically supported school-based anger management treatment for younger children. This study will evaluate the effectiveness of JJAM for Girls in reducing anger-related behaviors displayed by girls in the juvenile justice system. Participation in this study will last about 8 months. All participants will first undergo initial assessments that will include a combination of structured interviews, self-report measures, rating scales, and reviews of program behavioral records and incident reports. Participants will then be assigned randomly to receive JJAM for Girls plus treatment as usual or treatment as usual alone. Participants receiving JJAM for Girls will attend two 1.5-hour sessions per week for 8 weeks. Sessions will aim to help youth develop skills in the following areas: identifying different types of physical and relational aggression, recognizing early warning signs of anger, avoiding anger-provoking situations, managing anger to prevent aggression, solving problems, communicating about anger-related events, and repairing relationships damaged by anger-related behaviors. Participants will also complete between-session practice activities that will include practicing skills involved in planning personal goals. Treatment as usual for all participants will include all standard activities in the female juvenile justice program. All participants will repeat the initial assessments at treatment completion and Month 6 of follow-up.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - Assigned to one of the designated juvenile justice facilities - Has the ability to speak, read, and understand English sufficiently well to complete the procedures of the study - Disposition to the juvenile justice program must last the 8 weeks of scheduled treatment plus 1 week before and after treatment Exclusion Criteria: - Fails to complete pretreatment assessments - Current psychotic symptoms, mental retardation, or severe developmental disabilities - Considered to be a ward of the state (defined as a youth without a parent, either biological or adoptive, as the legal custodian)


Study is Available At:


Original ID:

K23 MH070400


NCT ID:

NCT00720486


Secondary ID:

K23MH070400


Study Acronym:


Brief Title:

Effectiveness of Anger Management Treatment in Reducing Anger-Related Behaviors in Female Juvenile Offenders


Official Title:

Anger Management Treatment for Female Juvenile Offenders


Overall Status:

Completed


Study Phase:

N/A


Genders:

Female


Minimum Age:

12 Years


Maximum Age:

19 Years


Quick Facts

Healthy Volunteers
Oversight Has DMC
Study Is FDA Regulated
Study Is Section 801
Has Expanded Access

Study Source:

Drexel University


Oversight Authority:

United States: Federal Government


Reasons Why Stopped:


Study Type:

Interventional


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: E


Number of Arms:

2


Number of Groups:

0


Total Enrollment:

75


Enrollment Type:

Actual


Overall Contact Information

Official Name:Naomi Goldstein, PhD
Principal Investigator
Drexel University

Study Dates

Start Date:June 2008
Completion Date:February 2012
Completion Type:Actual
Primary Completion Date:August 2011
Primary Completion Type:Actual
Verification Date:March 2014
Last Changed Date:March 26, 2014
First Received Date:July 18, 2008

Study Outcomes

Outcome Type:Primary Outcome
Measure:Reduction in anger
Time Frame:Measured at pretreatment, post-treatment, and Month 6 follow-up
Safety Issues:False

Study Interventions

Intervention Type:Behavioral
Name:Juvenile Justice Anger Management (JJAM) for Girls
Description:JJAM will include two 1.5-hour group treatment sessions per week for 8 weeks. JJAM sessions will be manual based and will be designed to help youth develop skills in the following areas: identifying different types of physical and relational aggression, recognizing early warning signs of anger, avoiding anger-provoking situations, managing anger to prevent aggression, solving problems, communicating about anger-related events, and repairing relationships damaged by anger-related behaviors.
Arm Name:1
Intervention Type:Behavioral
Name:Treatment as usual
Description:Treatment as usual will include standard activities in the female juvenile justice program.
Arm Name:1

Study Arms

Study Arm Type:Active Comparator
Arm Name:2
Description:Participants will receive treatment as usual.
Study Arm Type:Experimental
Arm Name:1
Description:Participants will receive Juvenile Justice Anger Management for Girls plus treatment as usual.

Study Agencies

Agency Class:Other
Agency Type:Lead Sponsor
Agency Name:naomi goldstein
Agency Class:NIH
Agency Type:Collaborator
Agency Name:National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Sample and Retention Information

There are no available Sample and Retention Information

Study References

There are no available Study References

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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