Preventing Violence in the Most Violent Contexts: Behavioral and Neurophysiological Evidence
75 Pages Posted: 24 May 2019 Last revised: 1 Aug 2019
Date Written: May 23, 2019
This paper provides experimental evidence of the impact of an after-school program on vulnerable public-school students in El Salvador. The program combined a behavioral intervention with ludic activities for students aged 10-16 years old. The authors hypothesize that it affects violence, misbehaviors, and academic outcomes by modulating emotional regulation or automatic reactions to external stimuli. Results indicate the program reduced reports of bad behavior and school absenteeism while increasing students? grades. Neurophysiological results suggest that the impacts on behavior and academic performance are driven by the positive effects of the program on emotional regulation. Finally, the study finds positive spillover effects for untreated children.
Keywords: Educational Sciences, Crime and Society, Education For All
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