Volume 27, Issue 3 (1998)
School-Based Early Mental Health Intervention With At-Risk Students
Mary Nafpaktitis, Barry F. Perlmutter
Abstract: This study investigated the effect of a school-based early mental health intervention program on school adjustment of first- to fourth-grade at-risk children, using a wait-control design. Subjects participated in individual play sessions conducted by carefully selected,trained, and supervised nonprofessional child aides. A MANOVA assessed changes in teachers’ ratings of school adjustment over time using the Teacher-Child Rating Scale. the intervention significantly lessened teachers’ perception of student shyness, anxiety, and learning problems. It also increased perceived assertive social skills, task orientation, and peer social skills (p < .05). Improvement placed children as a group within the range of functioning exhibited by nonreferred peers.
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