WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

The Incredible Years

The Incredible Years is composed of training programs for children, parents, and teachers. The child program is designed for children (ages 0–12) with challenging behaviors and focuses on building social and emotional skills. Lessons can be delivered to children referred for difficult behavior or to an entire classroom as a preventative measure. The program consists of 20- to 30-minute lessons 2–3 times a week; these lessons are reinforced by small-group activities, practicing skills throughout the day, and communicating with parents. Lessons cover recognizing and understanding feelings, getting along with friends, anger management, problem solving, and behavior at school. Parent training programs focus on positive discipline, promoting learning and development, and involvement in children’s life at school.

Reviewed Research

November 2011
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
External behavior Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards PK-2 51
 
 
20
Webster-Stratton, C., Reid, M. J., & Hammond, M. (2004) PK-2 51
 
 
20
Social outcomes Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards PK-2 51
 
 
18
Webster-Stratton, C., Reid, M. J., & Hammond, M. (2004) PK-2 51
 
 
18
February 2012
 

As of February 2012, no studies of The Incredible Years were found that fell within the scope of the Early Childhood Education for Children with Disabilities review protocol and met WWC evidence standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any research based conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of The Incredible Years to improve outcomes in this area.

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