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ERIC Number: ED463471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 15
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Early Interventions in High Poverty Elementary Schools: The Impact of a Mental Health Program on Social Skills and Conflict Resolution Learning.
Munoz, Marco A.
Second Step, a research-based violence prevention program for kindergarten through middle school aged children, was implemented in several Jefferson County Public Schools. The objective of Second Step is to increase children's ability to identify with how others are feeling, take others' perspectives, and respond empathetically while decreasing their angry and impulsive behavior. The management-oriented evaluation approach was used in the evaluation of the 12 elementary schools in JCPS who are currently participating in the Second Step Program. Statistically significant differences were found in the pre- and post-test analysis at the district and the school level. The results of the study provide some encouraging evidence of a positive effect on the central measures. Several limitations of the study were noted including the fact that selection criteria may have resulted in an atypical set of schools. Although the results are encouraging, intervention may need to be accompanied by other interventions in early childhood and adolescence to further reduce aggressive behavior. (Contains 14 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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