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ERIC Number: ED477671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Can We Foster Resilience? An Evaluation of a Prevention Program for Preschoolers.
LeBuffe, Paul A.
This paper reports on a study that investigated whether or not protective factors within children that contributed to resilience were strengthened in young children participating in the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program, a preschool primary prevention program designed to foster social and emotional well-being. The DECA assessment was given to 133 preschool children who received the full program and to 209 children who received treatment-as-usual. All children were assessed by their teacher and a parent with the DECA in the fall of 2000 and spring of 2001. For the target group, protective factors increased significantly over the course of the year and compared with the control group. Behavioral concerns increased significantly for the control group with a decrease in behavioral concerns for the target group as evaluated by teachers (but not parents). Findings provided evidence for the effectiveness of the DECA Program in both increasing children's protective factors and deceasing their behavioral concerns. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Emotional Disturbances, Intervention, Preschool Education, Prevention, Program Effectiveness, Resilience (Personality)
For full text: http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/conference_proceedings.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.
Note: In: Annual Conference Proceedings--A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base (15th, Tampa, FL, March 3-6, 2002). Chapter 3: Education. pp225-228.