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
- 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