Leveraging After-school Programs to Minimize Risks for Internalizing Symptoms Among Urban Youth: Weaving Together Music Education and Social Development


Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research




This study examined a university-community partnership, focusing on mental health promotion within an after-school music program. We pursued two goals: (a) supporting staff around student engagement and behavior management; (b) integrating social-emotional activities into the curriculum. We assessed youth’s mental health needs and examined feasibility of social-emotional activities delivered. One-hundred sixty-two youth participated in activities, while a subset of youth (n = 61) and their parents provided information on mental health need. Rates of anxiety and depression symptoms were high, and youth reported high satisfaction with the activities. Results suggest promise of this model for mental health promotion for urban youth. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Anxiety; Behavioral State; Depression; Engagement Level; Mental Health; Patient Satisfaction; Recreative Music Methods; Self-Report Measures; Subjective Reports

Indexed Terms

Mental health promotion; After-school; Anxiety; Depression; Adolescents; Adolescent Development; Children; Child, Preschool; Cognition; Community-Institutional Relations; Consumer Behavior; Emotions; Group Processes; Health Promotion; Mental Health; Minority Groups; Problem Solving; School Health Services; Socialization; Universities; Urban Population; After School Programs; Depression (Emotion); Music Education; Student Engagement; Internalizing Symptoms

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

Document Type