• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 24th September, 2015

Life skills strategy aims for delayed first-use of legal substances

Alcohol and tobacco use are legal for adults in most countries around the world. Preventive interventions with children and young people must realistically focus on delaying first use and promoting responsible use rather than abstinence, according to the originator of a life skills program in Germany.Karina Weichold, a developmental psychologist at the University of Jena, notes in the German conte…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 30th July, 2015

What leads to high classroom fidelity? The mystery remains

Programmes usually work better if they are implemented as the designers intended. So which teachers are most likely to do this? A recent study of the Responsive Classroom approach found little direct relationship between fidelity and teachers’ experience, education, or skills. But when they looked at teachers’ engagement with training, they found one tantalising clue.For a classroom interventi…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 11th June, 2015

When 800,000 families can’t wait for clinical trials

More than three quarters of a million parents receive parent training through child welfare services in the US each year. The good news is that there are a handful of well-tested programmes for parents of young children. The bad news is that, given low budgets and a tradition of home-grown programmes, it’s not always practical for child welfare agencies to use them.A new review suggests a way fo…

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