The social validity and pro-social impact of the FRIENDS for Life program in Newfoundland and Labrador schools

Slade, Lesley (2017) The social validity and pro-social impact of the FRIENDS for Life program in Newfoundland and Labrador schools. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The current study examines the treatment acceptability of the FRIENDS For Life program in a Canadian context - specifically Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as examining how involvement with the FFL program may influence the prosocial behaviours reported by students. Using a quantitative pre-post survey design, data was collected from students and parents selected from ten elementary schools within the Eastern Region of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. Students indicated that they enjoyed the program, and felt that experiencing the program within the classroom environment, with their peers, was useful. Students within this study rated themselves more positively on the prosocial scales after completing the program. This was especially true when it came to helping others, sharing with others, and being nice to others. Results also indicated parents felt the program was useful, and that their children enjoyed participating in the program. In keeping with the Theories of Planned Behaviour, and Self-Efficacy, the belief that the program works can have a positive impact on the actual experience of anxiety for students. As such, this program may be a useful addition to the school experience for the students of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 12809
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 91-103).
Keywords: FRIENDS for Life, Childhood Anxiety, Prevention Programs, Pro-social Behaviour, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Theory of Planned Behaviour
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: October 2017
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Anxiety in children -- Treatment; Social skills in children; Social skills -- Study and teaching

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