Initiative Description: A sample of 779 students from 14 schools across 3 school districts who had participated in the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) program were followed from 3rd through 5th grade. Students were taught techniques for self-control, emotional and interpersonal understanding, focusing specifically on recognizing and dealing with different personal problems, positive self-esteem, and improved peer communication and relationships in the classroom by trained teachers. The PATHS program was successful at reducing conduct problems, aggression, and disruptive behavior over time.
Study Results: Reduced disruptive behavior.
Reference: Crean, H., & Johnson, D. (2013). Promoting alternative thinking strategies (paths) and elementary school-aged children’s aggression: results from a cluster randomized trial. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52(1/2), 56-72. doi:10.1007/s10464-013-9576-4
Level Of Evidence: Very Good