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Good Behavior Game

AIR center for Integrating Education and Prevention Research in Schools
921 East Fort Avenue, Suite 225
Baltimore, MD 21230

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Contact Information:
Dr. Sheppard G. Kellam
410.347.8551
skellam@air.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Moderate 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 Good Behavior Game (GBG) is a classroom team-based, behavior modification program designed to improve childrens' adaptation to classroom rules/authority, improve aggressive/disruptive classroom behavior, and prevent later criminality. It is implemented when children are in the early elementary grades in order to provide students with the skills they need to respond to later, possibly negative, life experiences and societal influences. The GBG utilizes a group-based approach in which students are assigned reading units and cannot advance until a majority of the class has mastered the previous set of learning objectives. It aims to decrease early aggression and shy behaviors to prevent later criminality. GBG improves teachers' ability to define tasks, set rules, and discipline students, and allows students to work in teams in which each individual is responsible to the rest of the group.

Program Descriptors Include:
Behavior Management/Discipline, Bullying/Violence, Life Skills Training

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

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Teachers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Two evaluations have been carried out on the program in a large urban area. In the most recent study, five years after the intervention (6th grade), researchers found the following results for participating children, as compared to control group children: Significantly fewer participants met the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorder, fewer receiving or having been judged to need mental health services, fewer suspensions from school in the last year, significantly better ratings on conduct problems from their teachers, and lower levels of aggression among males who were rated highest for aggression in 1st grade.

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

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