Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy

First Advisor

Andrea Ibessaine


A decrease in parent-child communication is associated with unsupervised adolescent activities that can lead to adverse behavioral outcomes, including depression, isolation, substance abuse, sexual promiscuity and poor school performance. Although these problems occur in both genders between the ages of 13 to 19, problems with lack of disclosure and secrecy have been perceived as more prominent in girls than boys (Keijsers & Poulin, 2013). This report describes an intervention project in Monterey County, California (through the YWCA) that empowers adolescents and their parents to identify and address domestic violence issues and learn to distinguish and create healthy relationships. This capstone report represents an experiential intervention project that can help families become more proactive and meet relational needs. Considering recent immigration and deportation scare tactics by the government, the project aspires to empower families to rise above the obstacles and flourish with confidence and self-esteem.

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