Initiative Description: School-based, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) program for academically weak adolescents with at-risk levels of aggressive and rule-breaking tendencies.The intervention sought to promote self-awareness and self-control by providing instructions on emotional, cognitive and behavioural techniques. Comprising 12, 1.5-hour lessons these followed a general format: (a) review of previous session; (b) introduction to new skills; (c) skills elaboration; and (d) summary and homework assignment.
Study Results: When compared to pretreatment scores, self-report and teacher ratings showed that the agressive and desruptive behavior symptoms of the CBT group reduced significantly to within normal limits at
post-treatment and 1-month post-treatment.
Reference: Krishnan, P., Yeo, L. S., & Cheng, Y. (2013). School-based cognitive-behavioural therapy for academically underachieving Singaporean adolescents with aggressive and rule-breaking behaviour. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling & Psychotherapy, 4(1), 3–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/21507686.2012.722553
Level of Evidence: Excellent