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ERIC Number: ED533086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
Early Risers. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Early Risers" is a multi-year prevention program for elementary school children demonstrating early aggressive and disruptive behavior. The intervention model includes two child-focused components and two parent/family components. The Child Skills component is designed to teach skills that enhance children's emotional and behavioral self-regulation, positive peer relationships, and academic success. The Child School Support component aims to identify areas of difficulty in the classroom and creates individualized plans to address those difficulties during the course of normal school activities. The Parent Skills component is delivered in "family night" group sessions and is intended to promote parents' abilities to support their children's healthy development by teaching skills that address positive parent-child relations, effective discipline practices, and parent involvement in school. The Family Support component, which is delivered via home visits, identifies basic needs and health concerns and then implements plans designed to assist families in achieving and maintaining healthy lifestyles. Thirteen studies reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) investigated the effects of "Early Risers" on children classified as having an emotional disturbance (or children at risk for classification). Two studies (August, Hektner, Egan, Realmuto, & Bloomquist, 2002; August, Lee, Bloomquist, Realmuto, & Hektner, 2003) are randomized controlled trials that meet WWC evidence standards without reservations. Those two studies are summarized in this report. The remaining 11 studies do not meet either WWC eligibility screens or evidence standards. Appended are: (1) Research details for August et al., 2002 and August et al., 2003; (2) Outcome measures for each domain; (3) Findings included in the rating for the external behavior domain, the emotional/internal behavior domain, the social outcomes domain, and the academic performance domain; and (4) Summary of second-year findings for the external behavior domain, the social outcomes domain, and the academic performance domain. A glossary of terms is included. (Contains 8 tables, 15 endnotes and 5 additional sources.)
What Works Clearinghouse. P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 866-503-6114; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
IES Funded: Yes