Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies

PATHS® promotes emotional and social competencies and reduction of 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
  • lack of ability to express feelings appropriately

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 and their ability—and willingness—to effectively resolve conflict
  • 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