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A study on the effects of games and mental skills training on former gang members

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A study on the effects of games and mental skills training on former gang members

Publication type

Journal Articles

Publisher

Journal of Sport for Development

Year

2015

Journal of Sport for Development

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of games and mental skills training on Mexican former gang members and drug users’ self-concept, life satisfaction, perceived control, and happiness. Male (n = 9) and female (n = 10) former gang members aged 15-29 (M = 19.95) participated in ten sessions containing games to improve communication, trust, and problem-solving; and the development of mental skills such as imagery, self-talk, goal setting, activation control, and self-confidence.

Within an uncontrolled pre/post design, questionnaires were completed in the first and tenth sessions. Results indicated significant improvements in happiness, life satisfaction, and self-concept (physical appearance, close friendship, behavioural conduct, scholastic competence, athletic competence, social acceptance, and global awareness).

Mental skills training and games appear to be an effective combination for improving the quality of life of former gang members.


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Author

Stephanie J. Hanrahan and Maria de Lourdes Francke Ramm

Published

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 23:00