Educational or Curriculum

Learn Young, Learn Fair

Initiative Description: A universal stress management program (Learn Young, Learn Fair) on stress, coping, anxiety and depression in fifth and sixth grade children. It comprised eight weekly one‐hour lessons, five weekly one‐hour booster sessions, homework assignments, daily exercises and a manual for the teacher. The booster sessions followed the regular lessons and were based on the results of an evaluation that was completed by both teachers and children after the eighth regular lesson.

Study Results: Positive effects were found for emotion-focused coping at posttest (p < .01) and increased stress awareness at both time points. Program significantly reduced stress symptoms (p = .05) and anxiety (p = .01) at posttest.

Reference: Kraag, G., Van Breukelen, G. J. P., Kok, G., & Hosman, C. (2009). ‘Learn Young, Learn Fair’, a stress management program for fifth and sixth graders: longitudinal results from an experimental study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50(9), 1185–1195.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good