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ERIC Number: ED501650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 70
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-4477-8
An Outcome Evaluation of the Spirituality for Kids Program. Technical Report
Maestas, Nicole; Gaillot, Sarah
RAND Corporation
This report presents results from a multisite, quantitative evaluation of the international Spirituality for Kids (SFK) after-school program. Despite its name, SFK is a nonreligious program that seeks to build resilience in children by teaching them to access inner resources and build positive connections with others. The SFK program is unlike most after-school programs both in its focus on spiritual development and in its emphasis on outcomes related to resilience rather than academics. The authors found that the program had beneficial effects on adaptive skills, behavioral problems, overexternalization of problems, and school problems, and the effects persisted at 12-week follow-up. Interestingly, the program positively affected school-related outcomes, even though SFK is not an academic intervention. Specifically, it improved reported study skills and reduced reported learning problems and attention problems. Overall, a major strength of the program appears to be its careful attention to uniformity of program delivery--in particular, its standardized curriculum, use of experienced teachers, and formal teacher-training program. An appendix contains: Training of Teachers and Facilitators. (Contains 3 figures and 20 tables.) [This report was prepared for the Spirituality for Kids (SFK) Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: RAND Labor and Population
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