Open Circle Program (OCP)
Initiative Description: a school-based curriculum designed to enhance the social skills of elementary school children including recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships and problem-solving.
Study Results: Results showed moderate positive effects on teacher-reported social skills and problem behaviors for students receiving OCP compared to those that were not.
Reference: Hennessey, B. A. (2007). Promoting social competence in school-aged children: the effects of the open circle program. Journal of School Psychology, 45(3), 349-360.
Level of Evidence: Good