EVALUATION OF A PROSOCIAL COPING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS TRAINING ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WITH URBAN AND RURAL MEXICAN POPULATION
 
Lopez, G.C. and Hernndez-Guzmn, L., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
 
This paper will describe the Prosocial Coping and Communication skills training Program's implementation and evaluation of a tailored design intervention for Mexican population, based on factors previously identified, as the circumstances and triggering under violence takes place among urban and rural population. The research project call out two studies: first, results from the adaptation, conduction and evaluation of the Program in Mexico City, among 16 homeless adolescents (aged 14-19) who attended regularly to a non-profit organisation created for the occupational training of high risk adolescents. The program design is expected to produce greater and more enduring improvement in the reduction of community, home, and personal problems. Second, data from study 2 implementation, that established as main objective the decrement of domestic violence episodes among 39 adults and children residents of a rural community in the central region of the country, will be described. The training program for the two studies was designed to enhance participants' prosocial coping and communication skills. Findings will focus on the evaluation of prosocial communications skills, cognitive and behavioural coping styles and strategies for conflict resolution without violence. Pre-test and post-test results of selected assessment instruments and progress through the intervention process is driven by client data consistent with the principles of single case experimental design and functional analysis of behaviour. Community would be benefited by having access to violence programs for Latino populations and by the promotion of supportive and prosocial relationships.