The effectiveness of a short-term interpersonal problem-solving program for aggressive preschool children with low acceptance among peers

Bennett, Donna Michelle (1995) The effectiveness of a short-term interpersonal problem-solving program for aggressive preschool children with low acceptance among peers. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a short-term interpersonal problem-solving program for preschool children who are perceived by teachers as aggressive and have low social acceptance among their peers. Thirty-four preschool children identified as rejected (5 females, 11 males) or average (10 females, 8 males) based on ratings of peer acceptance and teacher ratings of behavior in the preschool setting were assigned to either treatment or attention control groups. Results indicated that children in the treatment group demonstrated significant improvement in problem-solving skills following 13 training sessions and gains were maintained at a 4 week follow-up. Children in the treatment group also showed a significant decrease in aggressive behavior at follow-up. Training was not found to be differentially effective for rejected and average children. There were no significant changes in ratings of peer acceptance. The implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5833
Item ID: 5833
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 95-106.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: 1995
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Aggressiveness in children; Problem solving in children; Education, Preschool

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