Paper Essay

Hayes, C. & Morgan, M. (2005). Evaluation of a psychoeducational program to help adolescents cope. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 32, 2, 111-121.

Article Critique

Helping Adolescents Cope Program (HACP) was adapted from the Coping with Stress Course (CSS) developed by Albano, et al. CSS was developed to address depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, however its psychoeducational, skills training, exposure, and parental components made it an optimal program in which to model HACP. The designers of this evaluation study made relevant changes to the program that suited the needs as described by the stakeholders (guidance counselors, parents and school principals). The program consisted of group sessions twice a week for 8 weeks. The groups were led by the school guidance counselor which was explained in the theoretical framework as optimal conditions for student learning about these issues. The groups consisted of 8-10 students age 12-14. Each session contained specific goals, practice exercises, and evaluations. This ongoing evaluation process contributed to the summative evaluation process in that evaluations were performed for each module and could be used to pinpoint which models were effective and which ones were not.
The authors thoroughly explained the theoretical framework for which a coping program lead by school counselors could be a viable solution for addressing stress and coping for adolescents. In addition to providing a solid framework to support the use of such programs for this population, the authors also gained the support of important stakeholders who were interested in the outcomes of the program and who were interested in ensuring participant success. Parents, school counselors, principals as well as the students were all involved in the evaluation of the program from the beginning (needs identification) to the end of the program (evaluation of coping schools 6 months later).
The use of qualitative and quantitative...