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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728


JUSTICIA-ARRAEZ, Ana; PICHARDO, Carmen  and  JUSTICIA, Fernando. Effect of the "Aprender a Convivir" program on social competence and behavioral problems in three-year-old children. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.3, pp.825-836. ISSN 1695-2294.

Social competence facilitates social and school adjustment of the individual and has emerged as one of the most important protective factor against the development of behavioral problems. Acquiring skills related to this competence depends largely on the environment and early stimulation, gaining importance the educational intervention programs. The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of an early intervention program (Aprender a Convivir) directed towards social competence development of three-year old children. Pretest and postest measures were taken among the participants and the comparison was performed between the control group (n=151) and the experimental group (n=162) through a repeated-measures mixed ANOVA. On the other hand an ANCOVA was carried out in order to eliminate the pretest differences between groups in the case that would be significant. The results indicate a significant improvement in the experimental group compared with the control group in all the social competence (cooperation d=0.32; interaction d=0.65; and social independence d=0.35) and conduct problem (internalizing d=0.63; and externalizing d=0.57) variables analyzed. Sex differences were also found.

Keywords : Aprender a Convivir program; social competence; preschool education; conduct problem; universal prevention.

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