PATHS® is a comprehensive program for promoting emotional and social competencies and reducing aggression and behavior problems in elementary school-aged children while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom.

Problem Areas Addressed:

  • students’ levels of self-efficacy
  • inability to interact appropriately with peers
  • difficulty controlling behavior
  • identifying and expressing feelings in safe, healthy ways

Skills Built:

  • problem solving
  • developing positive relationships
  • positive coping strategies; communication

Age/Grade Level: Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2

Setting: Small-group, pull-out program during the school day; full classroom lessons; or after school: small or large group lessons

Format: Series of 10-20 lessons during the school year. Once per week for 20-30 minutes.

Effectiveness: In rigorous clinical studies,* the PATHS® program has been shown to:

  • Reduce teachers’ reports of students exhibiting aggressive behavior by 32%.
  • Increase teachers’ reports of students exhibiting self-control by 36%.
  • Increase students’ vocabulary for emotions by 68%.
  • Significantly improve students’ ability to tolerate frustration plus their ability–and willingness–to use effective conflict-resolution strategies.
  • Reduce behavior problems, such as aggression at school (for both regular and special-needs students).
  • Significantly decrease conduct problems and the percentage of aggressive/violent solutions to social problems.
  • Reduce depression and sadness among special-needs students

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