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Training Kids in Social Skills May Have Long-Lasting Benefits

A Seattle program for children in high crime districts seems to produce long-lasting benefits, according to a new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. David Hawkins of the University of Washington compared 400 children who participated in the Seattle Social Development Project during elementary school to 298 who did not. The project provided parents with educational materials and tutored children in social skills and self-control.

By age 27, those who took part in the project were more likely to have earned an associate's degree and less likely to suffer from a mental disorder. However, participating in the project did not affect the incidence of substance abuse.

Labels: social_skills, mental_health, self-control

Posted By: Aspen Education Group