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ERIC Number: EJ1069142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: EISSN-1538-4799
Participation in Organized Activities and Conduct Problems in Elementary School: The Mediating Effect of Social Skills
Denault, Anne-Sophie; Déry, Michèle
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v23 n3 p167-179 Sep 2015
The goal of this study was to test a mediation model in which social skills mediate the relationship between participation in organized activities and conduct problems among elementary school children. Two moderators of these associations were also examined, namely, gender and reception of special education services. A total of 563 children (45% girls; M[subscript age] = 8.44) were surveyed. The findings revealed that, after controlling for important covariates, more frequent activity participation predicted better social skills, which, in turn, predicted fewer subsequent conduct problems among children. These associations were not moderated by gender or reception of special education services. These findings suggest that organized activities may provide a positive developmental context for children with conduct problems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist