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Social and emotional training in Swedish schools for the promotion of mental health: an effectiveness study of 5 years of intervention
Karolinska Institute.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Karolinska Institute.
2008 (English)In: HEALTH EDUCATION RESEARCH, ISSN 0268-1153 , Vol. 23, no 6, 931-940 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The school is an obvious arena for interventions designed to promote mental health among children. A set of educational techniques named social and emotional learning, which focuses on students self-control, social competence, empathy, motivation and self-awareness, has shown promising results in the United States. This is a study of the application of a similar method in Sweden (referred to as social and emotional training) for school years 2000/2001 through to 2004/2005. It is an effectiveness rather than an efficacy study, largely administered by school personnel, which relates duration of the training (1-5 years) to a set of outcomes previously found to be associated with mental health. Positive and significant effects were found on five of seven variables: internalizing problems, externalizing problems, mastery (reflecting self-efficacy or hopelessness), self-image and self-esteem and contentment in school. Effect sizes were medium. Somewhat surprisingly, no relationship was found between the intervention and the promotion of social skills. Nor was there any detectable long-term impact on bullying. Controlling for student gender did not moderate any of the effects.

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2008. Vol. 23, no 6, 931-940 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16152DOI: 10.1093/her/cyn040OAI: diva2:133241
This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in HEALTH EDUCATION RESEARCH following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version: Birgitta Kimber, Rolf Sandell and Sven Bremberg , Social and emotional training in Swedish schools for the promotion of mental health: an effectiveness study of 5 years of intervention, 2008, HEALTH EDUCATION RESEARCH, (23), 6, 931-940 is available online at: Available from: 2009-01-13 Created: 2009-01-07 Last updated: 2009-02-12Bibliographically approved

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