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01/12/2009

Tool Information

Settings: Education
MHP Steps: Implementation
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: Dutch | English | French
URL: Click here for Tool Website
Publication Information: Kusche, C. A. & Greenberg, M. T. (1994) The PATHS Curriculum. Seattle: Developmental Research and Programs. More publications are listed here: http://www.prevention.psu.edu/projects/PATHSPublications.html

Evaluation: Yes
Free: No
Restrictions on Use: Unknown
Tool Focus: Individual
Tool Type: Programme
Download(s): Fact sheet - 79 KB

Tool Description

The PATHS (Providing Alternative THinking Strategies) curriculum is a program for educators and counselors that is designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness, and interpersonal problem-solving skills. The curriculum consists of an Instructional Manual, six volumes of lessons, pictures and photographs, and additional materials. A research book is also available. PATHS is designed for use with elementary school- aged children. The purposes of the PATHS Curriculum are to enhance the social competence and social understanding of children, as well as to facilitate educational processes in the classroom.

Tool Characteristics

Application in the Field: Applied internationally
Stage of Development: Well established
Evaluation and Research: Studies/Technical Data available
Beneficiary Involvement in Design: No information found

Evaluation Description

There have been three controlled studies with randomized control groups: 1 with regular children, 1 with special education-classified children, and 1 with deaf/hearing-impaired children. PATHS has been shown to improve protective factors and reduce behavioral risk across a wide variety of types of elementary school-aged children. The findings have shown cross-rater validity as they have been true of teacher reports, self-reports, and child testing and interviewing. A critical component to these findings is the use of well-matched control groups; this is critical because all children tend to improve as they develop and thus programs may only look effective due to general developmental progress. Finding from the National Fast Track Demonstration Program Initial findings from FAST Track Program at end off first grade in four locations (Seattle, Nashville, Durham, rural Pennsylvania) indicate that in schools in which PATHS is operating there is improved social adaptation as indexed by more positive reports of the following dimensions as compared to matched comparison schools (Comparisons involve approximately 150 classrooms who received PATHS or who are matched controls). * Lower peer aggression and scores by peer ratings (Sociometrics) * Lower teacher ratings of disruptive behavior (Teacher report) * Improved classroom atmosphere (assessed by Independent Observers)

Contact Details

Contact Name: Mark Greenberg and Carol Kusche
Country: United States
Email: mxg47@psu.edu
Telephone: 1-800-441-4115

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