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ERIC Number: EJ1213622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
I Am Me: Adolescent Perspectives of a School-Based Universal Intervention Program Designed to Promote Emotional Competence
Lakes, Kimberley; Nguyen, Helena May; Jones, Marissa; Schuck, Sabrina E. B.
International Journal of Emotional Education, v11 n1 p97-114 Apr 2019
The aim of this paper is to describe a school-based universal intervention (the Tilly's Life Center "I Am Me" program) to promote emotional competence and social-emotional skills in adolescents. We present results of a mixed-methods program evaluation conducted in public schools in Southern California. In Study 1, sixteen students (grades 10-12) participated in focus groups after twelve weeks of intervention. In Study 2, fifty-four students (grades 9-10) participated in either the universal intervention program (I Am Me) or a no-intervention comparison group for thirty-six weeks. We conducted focus groups with 50 adolescents in the I Am Me program and used quantitative methods to measure self-esteem and perceived stress at four time points for both groups in Study 2. Descriptive data suggested improvements in self-esteem and perceived stress among individuals participating in the I Am Me group. Thematic analysis of focus group data indicated that participants perceived improvement in key areas of emotional development, including: emotional competence (understanding, expressing, and regulating emotions), self-regulation, self-esteem, and social skills. Moreover, participants perceived the intervention as relevant and as having a positive lifelong impact on their development. Further research is needed to empirically validate these outcomes using a randomized experimental design.
Descriptors: Intervention, Emotional Intelligence, Adolescents, Student Attitudes, School Activities, Interpersonal Competence, Public Schools, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Self Esteem, Anxiety, Emotional Development, Program Effectiveness, High School Students, High Schools
Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health. Old Humanities Building (OH) Room 241, University of Malta, MSD 2080, Malta. Tel: +356-2340-3014; Web site: http://www.um.edu.mt/ijee
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 11; Grade 12
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California