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ERIC Number: EJ1064418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3085
Evaluating an Abbreviated Version of the Paths Curriculum Implemented by School Mental Health Clinicians
Gibson, Jennifer E.; Werner, Shelby S.; Sweeney, Andrew
Psychology in the Schools, v52 n6 p549-561 Jul 2015
When evidence-based prevention programs are implemented in schools, adaptations are common. It is important to understand which adaptations can be made while maintaining positive outcomes for students. This preliminary study evaluated an abbreviated version of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) Curriculum implemented by school-based mental health clinicians in preschool/kindergarten classrooms. Results suggest that students (N = 80) demonstrated increases in emotional understanding and prosocial behavior. Children with low initial levels of problem behavior demonstrated large and continual increases in prosocial behavior over the entire course of the intervention, whereas children with high initial levels of problem behavior only demonstrated small gains in prosocial behavior during the first half of the intervention. These preliminary results support the general effectiveness of the adapted intervention, but also suggest the need for additional intervention to produce meaningful and sustained behavioral gains for higher-need students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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Language: English
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