RHY Resources

Adverse Childhood Experiences Versus Childhood Trauma

This Child Trends blog post defines and differentiates adverse childhood experiences with childhood trauma. The authors compare and contrast childhood adversity, adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and toxic stress, using multiple links to additional resources and reports. The research shows that RHY face adverse childhood experiences and trauma at elevated rates; RHY providers can use this easily digestible information to improve their understanding of the complex experiences and emotions their RHY clients have encountered.

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Making Pay for Success Work for RHY Programs

Urban Institute engaged researchers, practitioners, and local government officials involved in Pay for Success (PFS) initiatives to assess the challenges faced by young people aging out of foster care and juvenile justice systems, and how PFS may fund programs that fill critical gaps. The resulting report provides an overview of the PFS model, considerations for structuring projects, and descriptions of PFS-funded programs, like one that finances permanent supportive housing for youth aging out of care. RHY providers can use report recommendations to explore opportunities for PFS in their communities. 

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Tech-Based Evaluation of Reproductive Health App Shows Promise

A recent evaluation of a reproductive health app for young women ages 18-20 suggests that tech-based approaches may be an effective way to provide culturally relevant health education to underserved populations. After six weeks, black and Latina young women using Healthy Teen Network’s interactive Pulse app reported receiving information about abstinence, how to say no to sex, and how to talk to partners about sexual health at higher rates than those in the comparison group.

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Trauma-Informed Training Works with a Range of Professionals

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Child Trauma Training Center evaluated the impact of 237 trauma-informed training to police officers and clinicians over a four year period. Pre- and post-surveys indicated that training resulted in statistically significant increases in participants’ knowledge of trauma and their confidence in supporting traumatized youth. Results suggest that trauma training is an efficient way to impact large numbers of young people, and should be provided to a range of professionals.

Download the evaluation at https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/pib/vol15/iss13/1/


Pilot Study: A Clinical Approach for Gang-Involved Youth

A randomized controlled study conducted in Philadelphia with court-involved boys ages 11-17 demonstrated that a modified version of Functional Family Therapy (FFT-G) is effective at reducing delinquency, alcohol and drug use, and residential placement for African American and Hispanic/Latino young people who are in or at risk of joining gangs. Positive effects were statistically significant with all FFT-G participants; the impacts were greatest on those youth at highest risk. RHY programs that serve young people at high risk for gang involvement and their families may want to implement the model.

Read the study at https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/251754.pdf

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