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ERIC Number: EJ945642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Children with Behavioural Difficulties in the Singapore Mainstream School Setting
Yeo, Lay See; Choi, Pui Meng
School Psychology International, v32 n6 p616-631 Dec 2011
The present study investigated the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) programme delivered by a school psychologist for children with behavioural difficulties in Singapore elementary school classrooms. It examined the impact of a 12-session, psychoeducational group intervention in helping misbehaving pupils to control their school and home behaviours, maintain peer relationships, and improve self-esteem. Ninety-five pupils, aged between 8- and 12-years-old (M = 10.08, SD = 1.10) were randomly assigned to CBT (experimental) groups and control groups. The CBT groups learned and practised skills in self-monitoring, problem-solving, and self-management. The control groups discussed rule compliance and role-played behaviours that conformed to school rules. CBT groups improved significantly in school and home behaviours, self-control, social skills, and self-esteem compared to control groups. Effect sizes ranged from moderate (0.50) to large (2.94). Gains in self-esteem were maintained at follow-up for experimental groups only. The feasibility of implementing group CBT was discussed in light of competing demands on school psychologists to deliver diverse psychological services to children. (Contains 1 table.)
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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: Singapore