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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Sesame Street Resilience Project, Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce

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Abstract # 284:
Sesame Street Resilience Project, Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce
Presenter: Sri Harathi Co - Presenters: Joyce Lee, Victoria Mille, Ashley Rodgers, Isrin Srisethnil, Melanie Yu
The purpose of the Sesame Street Resilience Project is to determine the effectiveness of the multimedia home intervention toolkit, Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce, in promoting resilience in young children ages 2 to 6 whose parents are either divorced or separated. Participating families were given the toolkits along with a 4 week schedule of activities that outlined specific activities for each day of the program. Participants were randomly assigned to the intervention or active control group. The intervention group received materials directly addressing the issue of divorce or separation by teaching families about attachment relationships, emotional understanding, and sense of self. The active control group was given the Healthy Habits toolkit, which addressed the topic of healthy eating and lifestyle in order to promote physical/mental resilience. Participants included 100 families from the Northeast and were evaluated by a questionnaire that the parent filled out at pre- and post-intervention. The questionnaire included standardized measures that evaluated the parent-child relationship, emotional competence, and emotional regulation. The project data are currently being analyzed, therefore the poster will discuss the results in greater length. The poster will also address the implications of home interventions and their effects on at-risk populations.

Presenters
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Sri Harathi

Sri Harathi, is the lab manager of the Sesame Street Resilience Project for the Divorce/Separation and Incarceration studies at the Institute for the Study of Child Development in Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She has been working with the project since February of 2013. Sri graduated in May 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers New Brunswick. She plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her research... Read More →

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Joyce Lee

Social Work Supervisor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School | Joyce Y. Lee, LSW, is a licensed social worker and Social Work Supervisor at the Institute for the Study of Child Development, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her research interests include parent-based characteristics that promote social-emotional resilience in preschool children as well as young children’s individual temperament profiles as predictors... Read More →
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Victoria Mille

Research Assistant at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School | Victoria N. Mille, is a Masters in Social Work student at Rutgers University. She is also a Research Assistant at the Institute for the Study of Child Development, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is currently working on the Sesame Street Resilience Project that examines resilience of separated/divorced families and resilience of families with an incarcerated... Read More →
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Ashley Rodgers

Research Assistant at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School | Ashley Rodgers, received her B.A. in Psychology and minor in Biology from Rutgers University in May 2015. Before graduating, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Isrin Srisethnil

Research Assistant at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School | Isrin Srisethnil, is a research assistant at the Institute for the Study of Child Development, Rutgers RWJ Medical School. He is a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Biology.
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Melanie Yu

Research Assistant at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School | Melanie Yu received her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University in May 2015. Prior to graduating, she worked at the Institute for the Study of Child Development, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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