Educational or Curriculum

Zippy´s Friends UK

Initiative Description: Zippy’s Friends, a universal school program that aims at strengthening children’s coping skills. Zippy’s Friends is based on six stories about three cartoon characters, their families and friends, and the imaginary stick insect Zippy. Over the course of 24 weekly lessons, children explore themes related to emotions, communication, relations and conflict resolution through the many day-to-day problems, sorrows and joys Zippy and his friends experience

Study Results: Coping was improved in girls and children from the low socio-economic subgroup, whereas the impact of mental health difficulties was reduced in boys.

Reference: Holen, S., Waaktaar, T., Lervåg, A., & Ystgaard, M. (2012) The effectiveness of a universal school-based program on coping and mental health: A randomized, controlled study of Zippy’s Friends. Educational Psychology, 32(5), 657-677.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good