What Works for African American Children and Adolescents

This research summary was produced by Child Trends.

HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS RESEARCH SUMMARY:
This research summary synthesizes findings from 53 random assignment experimental intent-to-treat evaluations of social interventions that specifically targeted African American children and adolescents, or intervention programs in which African Americans made up a substantial proportion of program participants and separate data about impacts for African American children and adolescents are available.

They found:

  • Programs that foster partnerships between the community and schools tend to work.
  • Strategies or components that garner family buy-in appear to be a critical component to program success. 
  • High-intensity programs that meet on a consistent basis more often and frequently tend to result in impacts for African American children and adolescents.

Bandy, T., & Moore, K. (2011). What Works for African American Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions. Washington, DC: Child Trends. Retrieved from: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/what-works-for-african-american...