ERIC Number: EJ1029122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
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The Making Choices Program: Impact of Social-Emotional Skills Training on the Risk Status of Third Graders
Fraser, Mark W.; Thompson, Aaron M.; Day, Steven H.; Macy, Rebecca J.
Elementary School Journal, v114 n3 p354-379 Mar 2014
The findings reported here describe the effects from a cohort-controlled trial of Making Choices (MC), a universal social-emotional skills training program. From teacher ratings, 688 third-grade students were classified into 4 risk profiles using measures of aggression, social competence, classroom concentration, and peer relations. High-risk students were more aggressive and less socially competent, on-task, and liked by peers; low-risk students were less aggressive and more socially competent, on-task, and liked by peers. Program effects were estimated as changes in profile membership between pretest and posttest assessments. Relative to high-risk students in comparison cohorts, a greater proportion of high-risk students in MC cohorts had moved to low-risk groups at posttest. Low-risk students in MC cohorts tended to remain at lower risk while a larger proportion of low-risk students in the comparison cohorts joined higher-risk groups. Social-emotional skills training appears to confer benefits for both high- and low-risk children.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Emotional Intelligence, Program Effectiveness, Training, Grade 3, Elementary School Students, At Risk Students, Aggression, Peer Relationship, Attention, Pretests Posttests, Comparative Analysis, Cohort Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3
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