no significant increase in problem-solving skills for the lower risk group
The results also reveal that there was no impact for those who were in the lower risk group. One hypothesis could be that perhaps this group, having already significantly lower scores than the high risk group, may already possess a more positive orientation to problems and not see them as threats, due to greater family support (in order to discuss problems and hence perceive them as challenges) and more functional home environments than the higher risk group. Hence the problem-solving skills aspect to the intervention may not have been as salient or as valuable to them.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
Teens and Toddlers Programme, targeted youth programme promoting social-learning through experiential learning
The intervention consists of an 18-week course where young people spend one afternoon per week in intensive interaction with toddlers under the supervision of a facilitator. Facilitators are adult males and females who have trained in youth work or counselling and are selected to conduct programmes following a specific training programme.The primary aim of the intervention is to build self-awareness, self-esteem and self-efficacy by encouraging young people to realise their potential and to address challenges rather than seeing them as a threat. There is a high component to social-emotional learning in the curriculum.
mean age 13,9 years
teilnehmende Kinder und Jugendliche
Evaluierung der Aktivität
Participants were selected by their school teacher, using a risk selection tool, and divided into two groups: “lower risk” and “higher risk” on the basis of three criteria (socioeconomic disadvantage, engagement and parental support). Participants were asked to complete the Negative Problem Orientation Questionnaire (NPOQ) before and after the programme.
The NPOQ consists of 12 questions that assess negative problem orientation (NPO).
Questions include: I see problems as a threat to my well-being, I often doubt my ability to solve problems. Often before even trying to find a solution, I tell myself that it is difficult to solve problems. My problems seem overwhelming. When I attempt to solve a problem, I often question my abilities. I often have an impression that my problems can’t be solved. Even if I manage to find some solutions to my problems, I doubt that they will easily be resolved. I have a tendency to see problems as a danger. My first reaction when faced with a problem is to question my abilities. I often see my problems as bigger than they really are. Even if I have looked at a problem from all possible angles, I still wonder if the solution I decided on will be effective. I consider problems to be obstacles that interfere with my functioning.
Responses range from 1 “not at all true of me” and 5 “extremely true for me” and participants are asked to indicate their answers on the Likert scale.