Social Emotional Behavior Analysis

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A study by Pears, Fisher and Bronz (2007) evaluates a program for social-emotional readiness in school for foster children. The goals of the study were to test the feasibility of the intervention by determining if the agency, caseworkers, and foster families would agree to participate, and by examining attendance rates, to obtain preliminary results of intervention effects on social competence and self-regulation (Pears, Fisher, Bronz 2007). For the intervention, 24 foster children attended 2-hrs therapeutic playgroups twice weekly for 7 weeks. Two components of social-emotional development were targeted on the study. The first was social competence involving sharing, initiating and maintaining interactions, cooperating, problem solving and recognizing emotions. The second was emotional and behavioral self-regulation involving problem solving, managing negative emotions and using work-related skills. The measures were two questionnaires (pre-intervention and post-intervention)…show more content…
This intervention is being currently offered in the foster home “Cuidad de los Niños” in Tijuana, Mexico by the pre-school teachers. They offer weekly sessions about emotional and behavioral self-regulation after school for the children in the foster home. Foster parents are not part of a system in Mexico. These children are permanently or temporally, depending on the case, taken away and there is no choice for open adoption or foster parents. This study involved a mezzo and macro systems where the institution functions accordingly with the community to apply a program in benefit of foster children. The systems involved in the study such as caseworkers, teachers, foster parents and even peers, helped incorporate and establish a program that supported social-emotional development in children in the foster care
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