Second Step Curriculum
Initiative Description: Implementation of the Second Step curriculum by teachers (15 lessons 45 to 60 minute a piece, focused on empathy, basic problem solving, and impulse control) taught over the course of the school year resulted in increases in social competence and decreases in antisocial behavior. Intervention students were more likely to espouse prosocial goals and state mutual rather than unilateral good fortune, reduced aggressive behavior.
Study Results: Increased prosocial behavior.
Reference: Frey, K. S., Nolen, S. B., Van Schoiack Edstrom, L., & Hirschstein, M. K. (2005). Effects of a school-based social-emotional competence program: linking children’s goals, attributions, and behavior. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology: An International Lifespan Journal, 26(2), 171-200.
Level of Evidence: Good