Risk and Resilience in a Community Context

Now that you have researched your paper topic and determined the negative outcomes associated with it as well
as identified the risk and protective factors that increase or decrease the odds of the topic occurring (or the odds
of negative outcomes occurring), it is time to apply that knowledge. Thus, for this assignment, you will create
an evidence-based prevention or intervention program to address the topic you focused on in your research
paper. Note: The Program Proposal assignment provides more detailed guidelines for how to develop the
program elements noted below. This assignment is worth 25 points.
A. You will be developing EITHER a prevention or an intervention program (choose one, you do not need to
create both) that addresses your research paper topic. If you choose the prevention option, your program
goal will be to prevent the topic from occurring at all. If you choose the intervention option (best when a
topic is exceptionally difficult to prevent such as poverty, domestic violence, or autism), your program
goals will be to mitigate or prevent the negative outcomes associated with experiencing the topic.
B. Your program should be grounded in a developmental theory or conceptual frameworks (e.g.,
transactional, ecological, cognitive, etc.) and supported with scholarly citations. Your program should be
evidence-based; thus you will draw on the research you reviewed in the paper to identify the risk and
protective factors that will help you achieve your program goals identified in (A).
D. Your program should have a demographically detailed description of the people your program targets
(e.g., male 3- to 5-year-old male children who show signs of early bullying).
E. Your program should review, adapt, and incorporate elements of already existing programs. You will need
to discuss at least two existing programs designed to address your topic that have been empirically
evaluated and shown to be effective. PLEASE NOTE – you are creating an original program that makes
use of already existing program elements, but combines and adds to them in ways that are culturally
competent, theory based, and driven by the research on the risk and protective factors associated with the
topic.
F. Your program should be comprehensive and detailed. Your write-up of your program should include the
following:
(1) an introduction that contains a brief description of the problem, including citing and discussing some
key empirical results and statistics from your paper; hence showing the need for the program. The
intro should conclude with a clear statement of the program goal(s).
(2) a description of the theoretical or conceptual framework that guides and supports your program; it
should be clearly linked to your program and should be supported by a scholarly citation.
(3) a one to two paragraph description of the existing programs addressing your issue that have been
empirically evaluated. The description should include: (a) what the program is/does, how it operates
to address the topic; (b) the results showing what was effective (be specific, focus on program
elements you can adapt for your program; and (c) the strengths and weaknesses of the program
(NOT the research that evaluated the program).
(4) a description of the specific risk and protective factors from your research paper that your program is
designed to reduce and/or enhance. This description should include the research results and citations
from your paper that provide the rationale for choosing these risk and protective factors.
(5) a detailed description of the processes and mechanisms that are designed to help the program
achieve its goals:
(1) describe the mechanisms and processes you will use to reduce or mitigate risk factors– this
description should be clearly based on your adaptation of the program elements
described in (3) but can also include additional processes and mechanisms as long as they
are logical and relevant to the risk factors you have identified.(2) describe the mechanisms and processes you will use promote or provide protective factors –
this description should be clearly based on your adaptation of the program elements
described in (3) but can also include additional processes and mechanisms as long as they
are logical and relevant to the protective factors you have identified.
(3) describe the specific population the program is designed to help – this should be a demographic
description (age, gender, ethnicity, SES, etc.). This description should be supported by
citing/discussing the background statistics and research studies from your paper.
G. Provide a list of references for all the resources discussed in your write-up of the program you designed.
** The paper will need to be submitted to Canvas before class on the due date. Be sure to include a title
and reference page. This assignment should be in paragraph format (not bullet points).Grading Rubric
Introduction – Problem Description (0-4)
0 Points 1 Point 2-3 Points 4 points
No discussion/description of the problem. Vague discussion/description of the
problem and goals; Lacks citations
Clear discussion/description of the
problem; effectively uses statistics or
research from the research paper to
indicate the extent of the problem; has
goals but they are vague
Clear discussion/description of the
problem; effectively uses statistics and
empirical findings from the research paper
to indicate the extent of the problem;
describes a clear set of goals
Description of the Theoretical Model Driving the Program (0-3 Points)
0 points 1 point 2 points 3 points
Does not describe a theoretical model or
conceptual framework.
Vague or general description of a
theoretical model or conceptual framework
Adequate discussion of a theoretical model
or conceptual framework; links the model
to the program.
Comprehensive discussion of a theoretical
model or conceptual framework that is
clearly linked to the program and is
supported by a scholarly citation.
Discussion of Existing Programs (0-4 Points)
0 points 1 point 2-3 points 4 points
Does not review and discuss existing
programs.
Vague or general description of existing
programs. Does not review at least 2
programs; OR describes programs that are
not from scholarly sources.
Adequate discussion of existing programs,
but does not, or only vaguely, analyzes
their strengths and weaknesses; OR
Adequate discussion of existing programs
and their strengths and weaknesses, but
may only have one one empirical
evaluation; OR describes existing
programs and their strengths and
weaknesses, uses scholarly but not
empirical evaluations.
Comprehensive discussion of existing
programs and a rigorous analysis of their
strengths and weaknesses. Has two scholarly
sources that provide empirical evaluations of
the programs
Description of Targeted Risk and Protective Factors (0-4 points)
0-1 Points 2 Points 3 Points 4 Points
Vaguely or minimally describes risk and
protective factors
Generally describes risk and protective
factors and broadly connects them to the
topic being addressed.
Describes specific risk and protective
factors and clearly connects them to the
topic being addressed. May have some
citations.
Comprehensively describes the risk and
protective factors and clearly and
specifically links them to, and uses
research from the paper. Clearly connects
the risk and protective factors to the topic
being addressed.Discussion of Specific Processes and Mechanisms (0-4)
0 Points 1 Points 2-3 Points 4 Points
No description of the processes and
mechanisms that will be used to reduce risk
and increase protective factors. No
description of the population the program is
designed for.
Vague description of the processes and
mechanisms that will be used to reduce risk
and increase protective factors. Broad and
general description of the population the
program is designed for.
Clear and specific description of the
processes and mechanisms that will be used
to reduce risk and increase protective
factors. Indicates they are evidence based by
linking these processes and mechanisms to
the existing programs reviewed above.
Clear description of the population the
program is designed for.
Comprehensive description of the processes
and mechanisms that will be used to reduce
risk and increase protective factors.
Definitively indicates they are evidence based
by specifically linking these processes and
mechanisms to the empirical evaluations of
the existing programs. Clear description of the
population the program is designed for that is
linked to empirical evidence showing why this
population is targeted.
Writing Quality (0-3 Points)
0 Points 1 Point 2 Points 3 Points
Presents information that is disorganized
and very poorly written, full of
grammatical flaws.
Presents information that is moderately
organized and written, with a mix of basic
grammatical flaws.
Presents information that is fairly well
organized, including use of basic headings,
and fairly well written, with few
grammatical flaws. Attempts transitions
between paragraphs and sections.
Presents information that is very clearly
organized, including the use of informative
headings, and is very well written, with
small/no grammatical flaws. Uses effective
transitions between paragraphs and sections
APA Formatting (0-3 Points)
0 Points 1 Point 2 Points 3 Points
Attempts APA format but has significant
errors in formatting both in-text citations
and full references.
Uses APA format but has some citation
errors in both in-text citations and in full
references.
Uses APA format but has minor citation
errors in the in-text citations or in the full
references.
Use APA format correctly and has no
citation or referencing errors.

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