Tools for Getting Along
Initiative Description: A 26-lesson social problem solving preventive intervention using a six-step problem solving process delivered through small group activities, student-constructed role plays, and real-life problem solving situations, two lessons/week.
Study Results: Continued positive effect on curricular knowledge for students taught TFGA relative to controls, significant pretest by condition interaction effects on teacher reports of skills associated with executive function, including inhibitory control and shift (cognitive flexibility), and on teacher-reported internalizing and externalizing behavior, marginally significant pretest by condition interaction effects on proactive aggression, outward expressions of anger, and the executive function-related skills of initiating activities and using working memory; negative TFGA effects on student-reported trait anger and anger control.
Reference: Smith, S. W., Daunic, A. P., Barber, B. R., Aydin, B., Van Loan, C. L., & Taylor, G. G. (2014). Preventing risk for significant behavior problems through a cognitive-behavioral intervention: Effects of the Tools for Getting Along curriculum at one-year follow-up. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 35(5), 371-387. doi:10.1007/s10935-014-0357-0
Level of Evidence: Very Good