Faust, J. J. (2006). Preventing depression and anxiety: Evaluation of a social-emotional curriculum. Unpublished education specialist project, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.
This research study evaluated the effectiveness of the Strong Kids curriculum in promoting social-emotional resiliency among fifth graders. Using a pre-test/post-test design with a non-equivalent control group, the researcher aimed to answer two questions. First, do students who participate in Strong Kids exhibit a greater increase in knowledge about social-emotional health? Second, do students receiving Strong Kids exhibit a greater decrease in symptoms of internalizing problems? Using pre- and post-test surveys measuring knowledge of social-emotional health and internalizing symptoms, the researcher compared the changes between treatment and control groups. Analyses of covariance indicated that the treatment group significantly increased in knowledge about socio-emotional health, but level of depressive symptoms did not significantly decrease.