School-based skills training to prevent aggressive behavior and peer rejection in childhood: Evaluating the Making Choices program

Paul R. Smokowski, Mark W. Fraser, Steven H. Day, Maeda J. Galinsky, Martica L. Bacallao

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Abstract

This paper reports findings from an evaluation of a school-based prevention program, called Making Choices, which was designed to decrease childhood aggression and peer rejection by teaching children social problem solving and relationship enhancement skills. Using a pre- to post-test control group design, 51 third graders received the intervention program and 50 received the no-intervention control condition. Controlling for pretest scores, children who received the Making Choices intervention had significantly higher scores on social contact, cognitive concentration, and displayed significantly lower overt aggression. Important moderation effects surfaced, indicating that the intervention differentially benefitted high-risk children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-251
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Primary Prevention
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004

Keywords

  • aggressive behavior
  • peer rejection
  • skills-training
  • universal prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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