ERIC Number: EJ1049945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Social Emotional Learning in a Guatemalan Preschool Sample: Does Socioeconomic Status Moderate the Effects of a School-Based Prevention Program?
Clinton, Amanda B.; Edstrom, Leihua; Mildon, Heather A.; Davila, Lesliann
School Psychology International, v36 n1 p18-35 Feb 2015
Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of a universal social skills program and compared social emotional knowledge on individual skills interviews with 100 Guatemalan preschool children from resource rich (N?=?47) and resource poor (N?=?53) backgrounds. Participant ages ranged from 3- to 6-years-old. SEL was evaluated prior and subsequent to receiving a school-based social emotional educational program. Results were analysed in terms of effectiveness of SEL by error type. Data show that preschool children from both poor and wealthy families made significant gains in social-emotional knowledge as a result of SEL instruction. In order to better understand where SEL might be improved, analyses of incorrect responses provided by children from each SES group were analysed. Findings demonstrated no significant differences between the two groups in terms of incorrect or socially unacceptable responses although, overall, the groups differed in depth of social emotional knowledge. Implications for "closing the gap" between children's social emotional development in high and low SES groups are discussed.
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Social Development, Emotional Development, Socioeconomic Status, Interpersonal Competence, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Guatemala