Preventing Violence in the Most Violent Contexts: Behavioral and Neurophysiological Evidence

75 Pages Posted: 24 May 2019 Last revised: 1 Aug 2019

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Lelys Dinarte

World Bank

Pablo Egana-delSol

Adolfo Ibanez University - School of Business; MIT Sloan

Date Written: May 23, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Dinarte, Lelys and Egana-delSol, Pablo, Preventing Violence in the Most Violent Contexts: Behavioral and Neurophysiological Evidence (May 23, 2019). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8862. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3393214

Lelys Dinarte (Contact Author)

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Pablo Egana-delSol

Adolfo Ibanez University - School of Business ( email )

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Santiago
Chile

MIT Sloan ( email )

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