The promotion of social competence: longitudinal study of a preventive school-based program

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1991 Jul;61(3):409-17. doi: 10.1037/h0079277.


A two-year, intensive, elementary school-based primary prevention program aimed at the promotion of social competence was followed up six years later. Findings suggest beneficial effects for program recipients on indices of social adjustment and psychopathology when compared to controls, although overall strength of effects was not large and notable gender differences emerged.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Affective Symptoms / prevention & control*
  • Affective Symptoms / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality Development
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Adjustment*
  • Social Environment*