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ERIC Number: EJ890584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
Report on an Intervention Involving Massage and Yoga for Male Adolescents Attending a School for Disadvantaged Male Adolescents in the UK
Powell, L. A.; Potter, L.
International Journal of Special Education, v25 n2 p47-54 2010
The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of providing an intervention involving massage and yoga in a school exclusively for male disadvantaged adolescents who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties. Data was collected using self-administered questionnaires completed by teachers and pupils prior to, and completion of, the SDP, tutor-monitoring forms completed after each SDP session, open questions on the questionnaires and verbal feedback from participating pupils. Measures included the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire used within schools to measure changes in behaviour. Twenty-one pupils and their respective teachers completed the SDP and all questionnaires. Results show improvements in pupil's levels of hyperactivity, as rated by the teachers only. Interestingly, pupils particularly enjoyed learning massage. However, results of this small study suggest that the SDP may be a positive intervention for disadvantaged male adolescents who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties. Future studies are needed to determine whether the SDP does indeed have a positive effect on pupil's behaviour, for example, larger and wider randomised controlled trials with more rigorous measures of change in behaviour. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom