Connect in Elementary Schools

[fullwidth backgroundcolor=”no” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”px” paddingbottom=”px” paddingleft=”px” paddingright=”px” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”single” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]Connect as a Preventative Intervention[/title][fusion_text]The aim of our study in Elementary Schools is to examine the efficacy of attachment-focused parenting intervention (Connect) in preventing the escalation of aggressive and antisocial behaviour and reducing the likelihood of victimization in a sample of vulnerable Grade 7 girls and boys prior to their transition to high school. Preliminary research within clinical samples suggests that early prevention may provide significant protection to vulnerable young teens; however a randomized clinical trial is needed to truly assess such benefits.

We are currently working with our partners in local school districts to enroll the parents of Grade 7 students in Connect Parent Groups. It is proposed that caregiver completion of the Connect Parent Program will result in prevention of escalation of aggressive and antisocial behaviour and reduction of the likelihood of victimization among the targeted youth. Similar results are not expected among the sample of youth assigned to the comparison condition.[/fusion_text][/fullwidth]