Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is an evidence-based intervention designed to alter the behavior of chronically aggressive youth. The program consists of skillstreaming, designed to teach a broad curriculum of prosocial behaviors; anger control training, a method for empowering youth to modify their own anger responsiveness; and moral reasoning training, to help motivate youth to employ the skills learned via the other components.
Skillstreaming training teaches youth what to do in threatening or stressful situations. Activities include modeling, role-playing, and performance feedback.
Anger Control training includes having participants relate examples of anger-arousing experiences from situations that have occurred in their own lives. The group facilitator uses a structured reporting checklist (hassle log) to reinforce the skills from the lesson.
Moral Reasoning training aims to raise participants’ awareness of others’ points of view and teaches youth to view their world in a more fair and equitable way.
ART is an impactful intervention with considerable reliability that is designed to:
- Promote skill acquisition and performance
- Improve anger control
- Decrease the frequency of acting-out behaviors
- Increase the frequency of constructive, prosocial behaviors
Target Population: Youth ages 12-17
Program Length: 10 weeks (30 sessions)