ERIC Number: EJ904784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
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Influencing Antecedents of Adolescent Risk-Taking Behaviour in Elementary School: Results of a 4-Year Quasi-Experimental Controlled Trial
Maruska, K.; Morgenstern, M.; Isensee, B.; Hanewinkel, R.
Health Education Research, v25 n6 p1021-1030 Dec 2010
Effects of the life skills programme "Eigenstandig werden" (Becoming independent) on life skills and on identified antecedents of adolescent health risk behaviour, childhood internalizing and externalizing behaviour were tested in an elementary school setting. A quasi-experimental controlled trial with five repeated measures was conducted. Participants were 919 students from 50 elementary schools in Saxony, Germany. Outcomes were assessed by teachers' ratings. Growth-curve models revealed that the rate of decline in internalizing and externalizing behaviour was significantly higher in the intervention group--especially for students with high baseline levels of externalizing behaviour (P less than 0.01). No general programme effects on the development of skills could be found (P = 0.22). The current study provides evidence that life skills programmes in elementary school may be an effective strategy in reducing antecedents of adolescent risk-taking behaviour.
Descriptors: Risk, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Adolescents, Daily Living Skills, Health Behavior, Measures (Individuals), Outcomes of Education, Behavior Problems, Intervention, Skill Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Germany