Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Alan Lipps

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Katelin East

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Allison Wesson


The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services seeks to provide evidence-based programs to prevent family breakdown. Evidence-based programs are defined as programs that have qualitative and quantitative support of positive outcomes by peer-reviewed articles. Family and Youth Success (FAYS) is a PEI program that seeks to promote resilience in families and youth by offering one-on-one skills-based counseling and group-based learning for children and parents. FAYS utilizes the WhyTry Program and Aggression Replacement Training (ART) as social skills training programs that seek to decrease social problems and aggression and increase social skills. This systematic review and meta-analysis seek to determine the effectiveness of the WhyTry Program and ART for youth who are at risk for family breakdown. Ten articles met the search criteria for this meta-analysis, with five for each program. Though neither program meets the criteria for the definition of an evidence-based program, both programs have small but significant effects on the improvement of aggression, social problems, and social skills. There was not a significant difference found between the effectiveness of the two programs.

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