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Gaceta Sanitaria

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MARIA HERNANDEZ, Dora; DUQUE, Luis Fernando  and  RESTREPO, Alexandra. Design of a program for the positive development of schoolchildren and characteristics of participants (Medellin, Colombia). Gac Sanit [online]. 2014, vol.28, n.4, pp.330-333. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2014.02.007.

The design of the program for the promotion of personal potential and prevention of risky health behaviors in school-aged children, PILAS! Better Adults, Better Kids, was based on local and international evidence on programs for the prevention of school-based violence. The program offers a training process for parents and teachers through active methodologies and advice (provided for 10 months) based on topics that encourage individual child development and the delegitimization of violence in everyday interactions. A total of 306 teachers, 800 parents and 12,800 children benefited from the program. An initial measurement was conducted using a scale ranging from 0 to 100 in a sample of 1751 children. The results showed an average of 80 in the children's social skills, but caregivers reported high levels of aggression. Communication and supervision failures were found among parents, as well as punishment practices through psychological and physical aggression. Another finding was low social cohesion in the neighborhood.

Keywords : Child; Dangerous behavior; Preventive health services; Programs; Primary schools.

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