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Angela Brown

2006 Research

Abstract: Methodologies to Evaluate Social, Emotional and Behavioral Learning Programs for Youth

Mentor: Dr. Mahlon Dalley, Psychology


We conducted a literature review to investigate methodologies used to evaluate social, emotional and behavioral learning (SEBL) programs for youth. We compared six aspects of selected programs: participant characteristics, program goals, techniques used, research designs, evaluation techniques, and results. Participant characteristics included number of participants, ages, gender, etc. Program goals involved teaching SEBL skills to participants. Techniques used to teach the skills included role plays, and contingent reinforcements. Research designs included singlesubject and pretest posttest designs. Evaluation methodologies varied from interviews, to published and unpublished questionnaires. PSYCINFO was searched for articles reviewing youth programs targeting SEBL with the major qualifier being the program went through an evaluation process. Key words used for the search included social skills programs, emotional intelligence, and various known programs such as Skill Streaming. A table outlining the six aspects of SEBL programs crossreferenced with the programs evaluated was constructed to analyze the information gathered. It was found that there were few similarities among the programs. We concluded that the validity was cause for concern with all of the programs evaluated. We further concluded that whenever possible, the best design to increase validity would be a randomly assigned pretest posttest using a waitlist control group.

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