Social Competence Program for Young Adolescentsa

Grade: 5th–8th

Location: Family and school

Sessions: 16, 45 min each over 12 weeks; teacher and aide training, consultation and coaching

Content: Social competence promotion, family involvement

↑ Peer involvement, social acceptance, problem solving, use of conflict resolution strategies, positive solutions

↓ Aggressive and passive solutions





Positive social norms; opportunities for skill building

Summer Training and Education Program (STEP)b

Age: 14–15

Location: School, community

Sessions: 6–8 weeks during summer; half-time jobs (90 hours), half-day academic classes (90 hours), 2 mornings/wk in life skills training

Content: Employment and academic classes, life-skills training, part for classroom time as well as work time

↑ Reading and math test scores, knowledge tests of responsible social and sexual behavior (summer effects only; no effect for school year or long-term)



Positive social norms; opportunity for efficacy; opportunities for skill building

Teen Incentives Programc

Grade: 9th

Location: After school program

Sessions: 14 weeks

Content: Small group sessions focused on self-esteem, decision making, communication, relationships, sexuality topics; career mentorship program with professional in health care (6wks); extensive role playing

↑ Contraceptive use by females inexperienced at pretest, consistent use by experienced males at pretest

↓ Initiation of intercourse for males






Belonging; positive social norms; opportunity for efficacy; opportunities for skill building

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