Model Program

Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS)

Channing Bete Company, Inc.
One Community Place
South Deerfield, MA 01373-0200
http://www.channing-bete.com/paths

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Contact Information:

Prevention Science Customer Service Representative
877.896.8532
custsvcs@channing-bete.com

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Elementary

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) curriculum is a multi-year, comprehensive program that promotes emotional and social competencies through cognitive-skill building and reduces aggression and behavior problems in elementary school-aged children, while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom. With an emphasis on teaching students to identify, understand, and self-regulate their emotions, PATHS also adds components for parents and school contexts beyond the classroom to increase generalizability of the students' newly-acquired skills.

Program Descriptors Include:
Behavior Management/Discipline, Family/Parental Involvement, Students with Disabilities, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Teachers
Counselors
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

There have been numerous randomized, controlled studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the PATHS curriculum with various populations (including regular education, special education, and deaf youth). Program fidelity and quality of implementation appear to have strongly influenced the success of the PATHS curriculum. Results from one- and two-year follow-up evaluations have demonstrated significant improvements for program youth (regular education, special needs, and deaf), compared to control youth, in the following areas: increased the use of effective conflict-resolution strategies; reduced school conduct problems, including aggression, for regular and special needs students; and reduced anxiety, depression, and sadness for special needs students.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level