Adaptation of ART for girls
How can treatment be better adapted to the specific needs of this group?
Methods and the way in which they are delivered must always be tailored to the target group to which they apply whether it is adults or children, people with neuropsychiatric disorders or autism spectra, developmental disabilities, etc.
During this seminar we will take a closer look at how ART can be adapted to meet the specific needs of females. Several researchers point out the need to develop gender-specific methods that better meet the unique needs in girls. The majority of research is done on boys but there are some studies showing that ART can be used to prevent and reduce aggressiveness and antisocial behavior in girls.
The research reveals pathways and multiple levels of risk factors (biological, psychological, developmental, familial and social) that can lead girls into addiction and crime. Treatment should address problems of various kinds of “victimization” and abuse of different kinds, self-esteem, sexuality, domestic violence, gender roles and socialization.
Treatment should focus on building skills to strengthen and repair relationships, regulate emotions, improve social problem-solving skills, address hostile interpretations, promote positive female development, strengthen the family, and address high-risk behaviors such as sexual activities and addictions. Finally, it is important to recruit appropriate staff who receive adequate training in using effective pedagogical strategies and building relationships.
In Sweden, there are several institutions working with girls and the experience from working with girls and ART is quite good. The method and its pedagogy can be adapted to meet girls’ unique needs. The content and construction of moral dilemmas, social skills and focus in anger-control training are also relatively easy to carry out. We will show you some examples of this.