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By Selena Chavis
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on October 8, 2010

A new program piloted at the University of Granada shows promise for helping to prevent antisocial behavior in the early years extending into adulthood.

Researchers have pioneered an intervention program aimed at 3-year-old children called Aprender a convivir (learning to live together).

Findings of the pilot study revealed that 90 percent of the children who participated in the program interacted more actively with other children, and that 86 percent experienced a reduction in anxiety, depression, shyness or social isolation.

Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, researchers took a sample of 131 children aged three. A control group of 53 children was identified alongside an experimental group of 78.

The experimental group was trained with the Aprender program for three months, and evaluations were taken before and after the intervention.

Based on interaction with puppets, the program was divided into four blocks with a duration of three weeks respectively. Two 1.5 hour-sessions were held per week.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/10/08/prevention-program-improves-antisocial-behavior-in-children/19333.html



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