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    2006 Research

    Abstract: Teaching Optimism, Hope, Resiliency to Youth
    Dr. Mahlon Dalley, Psychology

    It seems that nowadays more and more children and adolescents are becoming depressed. About 20% of adolescents will experience depression by the time they graduate from high school (Gillham, Reivich, Jaycox, and Seligman, 1995). Statistics demonstrate that 7% to 9% of 14 year old adolescents will experience depression (Gillham, Reivich, Jaycox, and Seligman, 1995). According to Jane Gillham and Karen Reivich (2004) interventions promoting optimism and hope to young people can help decrease depressive symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been found to be effective in treating adult depression and interventions based on cognitive therapy have been effective in treating depression in youth. The Teaching Optimism, Hope, Resiliency to Youth Program (TOHRY) was developed in January, 2005, to be implemented in the juvenile court system in the northwest. This program was created based on the "Optimistic Child", by Dr. Seligman (1995) and also from the Penn Resiliency Program. The purpose of TOHRY was to teach adolescents optimism and social skills that could help them confront situations in a more realistic and effective manner. Promoting hope and optimism may help decrease depression and anxiety in young adolescents (Gillham and Reivich, 2004).

    Presentations

    9th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 17, 2006


    15th Annual McNair Conference and Grad Fair in Delavan, WI; Nov. 3-5, 2006


    Penn State McNair Conference, Presenter Aug 2-5, 2007.


    10th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 16,2007

    11th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 14, 2008

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