TITLE

USING FRIENDS TO COMBAT INTERNALIZING PROBLEMS AMONG PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN HONG KONG

AUTHOR(S)
Siu, Angela F. Y.
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychotherapies;Mar2007, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of FRIENDS, a well-validated emotional resiliency program, to reduce internalizing problems among primary school children aged 8-10. 47 children who reached at least the cutoff point for internalizing score, as measured using a standardized test on child behaviour, were allocated to either the intervention or the wait-list control condition. All children completed measures on internalizing symptoms and self-esteem both before and after an 8-week FRIENDS intervention or wait period. Results showed that children from the FRIENDS program showed significantly higher self-esteem and fewer internalizing symptoms when compared to those in the waitlist group. Modifications done on adapting FRIENDS to culturally and contextually appropriate content for Hong Kong children with internalizing problems were discussed. Limitations of this study were also addressed.
ACCESSION #
24401730

 

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