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1 A Prevention Group to Impact Self- Esteem Among Adolescent Girls: A Grant Proposal ALECIA GONZALES CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH MAY 2016

2 Introduction LOW LEVELS OF SELF- ESTEEM DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT ADOLESCENT AND PRE- ADOLESCENT GIRLS AS COMPARED TO BOYS (MCCLURE ET AL., 2010). LOW LEVELS OF SELF- ESTEEM ARE ASSOCIATED WITH A VARIETY OF NEGATIVE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES SUCH AS: ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, EATING DISORDERS, BULLYING, TEEN PREGNANCY, SUBSTANCE USE, SELF- HARM, AND SUICIDE (CDC, 2010). HIGH LEVELS OF SELF- ESTEEM ARE ASSOCIATED WITH HIGHER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, POSITIVE PEER RELATIONSHIPS, AND PHYSICAL HEALTH OUTCOMES (MCCLURE ET AL.,2010). Goals of the Proposed Project: Increase/maintain positive levels of selfesteem. Increase participants knowledge of community resources.

3 Social Work Relevance The proposed project adheres to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. The proposed project seeks to improve physical and mental health outcomes of an oppressed group. The proposed project seeks to implement a preventative intervention; filling a gap in service and research.

4 Cross-Cultural Relevance All adolescent females regardless of race/ethnicity and/or background are at-risk of developing low levels of self-esteem (Morin et al., 2011). However, adolescents females who are identified as low-income or as from non-traditional family structures are at an elevated risk (McClure et al., 2010).

5 Methods Target Population: Adolescent girls age Strategies Used to Identify Funding Source: Long Beach Non-profit Partnership Google internet search Selected Potential Funding Source: The Ueberroth Family Foundation

6 Methods (continued) Sources for the Needs Assessment: Literature review Examination of services and populations served at potential host agency Local, state, and national data Projected Budget: Budget Categories: Salaries and Benefits Direct Program Costs Miscellaneous Expenses Indirect Program Costs Total Projected Budget: $84, 946

7 Grant Proposal Program Description: School-based psychoeducation groups focusing on identifying risk factors and engaging protective ones. 10 members; once per week for 8 weeks. Facilitated by an MSW using evidence-based materials. Population Served: Female youth age Sustainability: Additional but unspecified grants. Hopes for renewable funding from selected potential funding source.

8 Grant Proposal (continued) Program Objectives: To provide emotional and social support to at-risk female youth. Outcome Measure: minimum 400 service minutes per school site. To increase group participants self-esteem and coping skills. Outcome Measure: members will identify at minimum 4 coping skills. To increase participants knowledge related to adolescent dating violence. Outcome Measure: members will identify at minimum 3 red flags of a potentially violent relationship. To increase participants knowledge related to available community resources. Outcome Measure: members will identify at minimum 1 useful community resource. Program Evaluation: Pre and post test measures Outcomes report

9 Lessons Learned HOW TO CONDUCT SCHOLARLY RESEARCH THE IMPORTANCE OF SETTING DEADLINES AND PLANNING AHEAD THE IMPORTANCE OF BALANCE IN PREVENTING BURNOUT AND PRODUCING A QUALITY FINISHED PRODUCT ADVOCACY IS ESSENTIAL TO SOCIAL WORK This project seeks to advance the social, economic, and political status of women through providing interventions to young girls as they transition into adulthood.

10 References The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Youth risk behavior surveillance survey. Retrieved from McClure, A. C., Tanski, S. E., Kingsbury, J., Gerrard, M., & Sargent, J. D. (2010). Characteristics associated with low self-esteem among U.S. adolescents. Academic Pediatrics, 10(4), Morin, A. J. S., Maiano, C., Marsh, H. W., Janosz, M., & Nagengast, B. (2011). The longitudinal interplay of adolescents self-esteem and body image: A conditional autoregressive latent trajectory analysis. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 46, National Association of Social Workers, (2008). Code of ethics. Retrieved from The Ueberroth Family Foundation. (2015a). Our History. Retrieved from

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