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The Pyramid Club Primary School-Based Intervention: Evaluating the Impact on Children's Social-Emotional Health

The Pyramid Club Primary School-Based Intervention: Evaluating the Impact on Children's Social-Emotional Health,Maddie Ohl,Kathryn Mitchell,Tony Cassi

The Pyramid Club Primary School-Based Intervention: Evaluating the Impact on Children's Social-Emotional Health   (Citations: 3)
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Background: Children with poor social-emotional health are at risk of failing to reach their potential. Method: The impact of the Pyramid Club year 3 preventive intervention on children's social-emotional health was investigated. Children were allocated to an intervention or non-problem comparison group. Results: Post-intervention both groups had improved Total Difficulty scores (Strengths and Diffi- culties Questionnaire) with the Pyramid group showing a significantly stronger effect size (r ¼ .71) than the non-problem comparison group (r ¼ .44). Conclusions: The Pyramid Club intervention improves the social-emotional health of vulnerable children. The need to evaluate such interventions and to extend research are discussed. Key Practitioner Message • Development of children's social skills and emotional competence is essential for successful social interaction • Pyramid after-school clubs are designed to develop social skills and confidence in Year 3 children identified as vulnerable • An evaluation of Pyramid clubs suggests that Pyramid children show improved social-emotional well-being in comparison to non-problem children • Future research should examine the durability of social-emotional improvements and the extent to which improvements may lead to development in other areas such as academic performance
Published in 2007.
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