Dr. Parker-Ames publishes research article

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday October 9, 2014

Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, Associate Dean of Student Success in collaboration with a colleague from Montclair State University, has published a research article entitled "Using Culturally Affirming Thematically Appropriate Bibliography to Cope with Trauma" in the Journal of  Child and Adolescent Trauma (published ahead of print October 6, 2014, DOI,:10.1007/s.40653-0028-6).
This article is an outgrowth of a seven year service learning project that engaged first year students within the Division of Student Success  led by Dr. Ames.
Hurricane Katrina created a variety of issues that tested the resilience of families and children who were forced to relocate. This article describes the use of culturally affirming  thematically appropriate bibliotherapy as part of a long term program to assist a group of elementary school age African American children cope with feelings  of anxiety, displacement and loss. This intervention provided a medium through participants could explore issues of isolation and loss of their homes, family structures and a sense of security, while also providing academic and social  supports.
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