A Meta-Analysis of After-School Programs That Seek to Promote Personal and Social Skills in Children and Adolescents

@article{Durlak2010AMO,
  title={A Meta-Analysis of After-School Programs That Seek to Promote Personal and Social Skills in Children and Adolescents},
  author={Joseph A. Durlak and Roger P Weissberg and Molly Pachan},
  journal={American Journal of Community Psychology},
  year={2010},
  volume={45},
  pages={294-309}
}
A meta-analysis of after-school programs that seek to enhance the personal and social skills of children and adolescents indicated that, compared to controls, participants demonstrated significant increases in their self-perceptions and bonding to school, positive social behaviors, school grades and levels of academic achievement, and significant reductions in problem behaviors. The presence of four recommended practices associated with previously effective skill training (SAFE: sequenced… 
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