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Socioemotional Skills Program with a Group of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Young Adolescents: Impacts on Self-Concept and Emotional and Behavioral Problems

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CEDH—Research Centre for Human Development, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 4169-005 Porto, Portugal
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Faculty of Education and Psychology, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 4169-005 Porto, Portugal
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Department of Psychology, University of the Azores, 9500-321 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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Academic Editors: María Fernández-Hawrylak and Sebastià Verger Gelabert
Children 2022, 9(5), 680; https://doi.org/10.3390/children9050680
Received: 11 April 2022 / Revised: 3 May 2022 / Accepted: 5 May 2022 / Published: 7 May 2022
There is significant evidence that emphasizes the importance of social and emotional learning in schools for students’ positive development and adjustment. The main goal of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a socioemotional skills promotion program, implemented with a group of socioculturally vulnerable young adolescents. Data were collected in the 2020–2021 school year from all students from 6th grade (n = 50, from four classes) in a high-risk school in Portugal (56% females). Two classes served as the comparison group. Participants responded to self-concept and emotional and behavioral problems measures at two moments (pre- and post-intervention). Results indicated a significant impact on self-concept, namely an increase in behavioral adjustment, happiness, and satisfaction and a decrease in anxiety in the intervention group compared with the comparison group. These findings support intervention efficacy. Educational implications are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: socioemotional skills; self-concept; emotional and behavioral problems; intervention effectiveness; early adolescents socioemotional skills; self-concept; emotional and behavioral problems; intervention effectiveness; early adolescents
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Veríssimo, L.; Castro, I.; Costa, M.; Dias, P.; Miranda, F. Socioemotional Skills Program with a Group of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Young Adolescents: Impacts on Self-Concept and Emotional and Behavioral Problems. Children 2022, 9, 680. https://doi.org/10.3390/children9050680

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Veríssimo L, Castro I, Costa M, Dias P, Miranda F. Socioemotional Skills Program with a Group of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Young Adolescents: Impacts on Self-Concept and Emotional and Behavioral Problems. Children. 2022; 9(5):680. https://doi.org/10.3390/children9050680

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Veríssimo, Lurdes, Isabel Castro, Marisa Costa, Pedro Dias, and Francisca Miranda. 2022. "Socioemotional Skills Program with a Group of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Young Adolescents: Impacts on Self-Concept and Emotional and Behavioral Problems" Children 9, no. 5: 680. https://doi.org/10.3390/children9050680

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