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A meta-analytic review of social problem-solving interventions in preschool settings

Resource Type: Literature Review
Author(s): Barnes, Tia Navelene; Wang, Feihong; O'Brien, Kristen Merrill
Date Issued: September/October 2018
Description: Early intervention is valuable in preventing negative behavioural outcomes and promoting positive social competence in young children with externalizing behaviours. Interventions that teach social problem solving (SPS) are a promising solution, as children with behavioural difficulties often have deficits in these skills. School-based SPS programming has been shown to prevent and remediate externalizing behaviours for older children, but a summary of its effectiveness for preschoolers in early childhood settings is unavailable. The purpose of the current meta-analytic review was to (a) provide a summary of the characteristics of current SPS instruction in preschool settings and (b) examine the effectiveness of interventions that include an SPS component in decreasing externalizing behaviours and increasing social competence among preschoolers. Using meta-analytic review, we present common characteristics of preschool interventions that include SPS and provide evidence for the efficacy of these interventions in reducing externalizing behaviours and increasing social competence in preschoolers. Highlights - We performed a meta-analytic review of preschool social problem-solving interventions (SPS). - We examined both preschool-based and home-based reports of behavior and social competence for meta-analysis. - We found evidence for the efficacy of interventions in reducing externalizing behavior and increasing social competence for preschool-based reports. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Infant and Child Development
Volume Number: 27
Issue Number: 5
Page Range: 1-22
Note: Article number e2095
Topics: Children & Child Development > Child Development & School Readiness > Behavior/Social & Emotional Development/Socialization

International Child Care & Early Education

Programs, Interventions & Curricula > Interventions/Curricula > Social & Emotional
ISSN: 1522-7227 Paper
1522-7219 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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