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Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS)

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Outcome Areas
Healthy and Safe Children

Children and youth not engaging in violent behavior or displaying serious conduct problems
Children not experiencing anxiety or mood disorders, such as depression

Topic Areas

     Age of Child
       Early Childhood (0-8)
       Middle Childhood (9-12)
     Type of Setting
       Elementary School
     Type of Service
       Instructional Support
     Type of Outcome Addressed
       Behavior Problems
       Mental Health

Evidence Level  (What does this mean?)
Other Reviewed Programs

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Program Overview

Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS) is a curriculum designed to be used in the classroom setting by educators and counselors to promote emotional and social competencies and to reduce aggression and behavior problems among elementary school-aged children. It is a universal program, and ideally initiated at the start of a child's schooling and continues through the end of elementary school. The program curriculum also includes information and activities for parents.

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Program Reviews

The Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS) program has not yet been thoroughly reviewed by PPN, but preliminary review suggests it may be effective at improving outcomes for the indicators listed above.

This program is highly regarded by other credible organizations and reviews of the program can be found online at the websites listed below:

Blueprints for Violence Prevention

Find Youth Info Program Directory

OJJDP Model Programs Guide

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

USDOE: Exemplary and Promising Safe, Disciplined, and Drug Free Schools Programs 2001, pp. 113-115PDF file

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