ERIC Number: EJ1109769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Strengthening the Social Information-Processing Skills of Children: A Controlled Test of the "Let's Be Friends" Program in China
Wu, Fan; Fraser, Mark W.; Guo, Shenyang; Day, Steven H.; Galinsky, Maeda J.
Research on Social Work Practice, v26 n5 p525-538 Sep 2016
Objective: The study had two objectives (a) to adapt for Chinese children an intervention designed to strengthen the social information--processing (SIP) skills of children in the United States, and (b) to pilot test the adapted intervention in China. Methods: Adaptation of the "Making Choices" program involved reviewing Chinese literature on child development, translating and back-translating a treatment manual, modifying intervention content, and engaging experts to review program materials. Children (n = 91), ages 8-10, in five after-school child care centers in Tianjin, China, received the program. After propensity score adjustments, the skills of children who received the program were compared to the skills of children (n = 123) recruited from neighborhood primary schools. Results: The adapted program appears to have strengthened encoding skills. Patterns for other information-processing skills were promising but mixed. Conclusion: The program has the potential to strengthen the SIP skills of children in China.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intervention, Information Skills, Pilot Projects, Adoption (Ideas), Media Adaptation, Child Development, Translation, Course Content, Review (Reexamination), Chinese, After School Programs, Comparative Analysis, Interpersonal Relationship, Elementary School Students, Literature Reviews, Pretests Posttests, Quasiexperimental Design, Multiple Regression Analysis, Nonparametric Statistics, Statistical Analysis
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Identifiers - Location: China
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