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Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth (PLAAY), a program developed for youth and parents, provides strategies for managing stree during intense face-to-face conflicts so they can perform better in the classroom and in neighborhoods. The program uses the physical activity of basketball and culturally responsive group therapy to enhance participants' capacity to challenge racial and gender sterotypes, develop interpersonal and school achievement skills, and build stronger bonds between parents and their children. 

PLAAY focuses on:
  • reducing stress related to social conflicts that often lead to aggression coping
  • reducing racial and gender stress related to racial and gender conflicts
  • strengthening individual and family stress management and racial coping assertiveness
  • improving youth academic achievement and positive parent involvement in school