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Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS)
Supportive Learning Environment Interventions Review Protocol

The Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies® (PATHS®) program had no discernable effects on academic achievement, social interactions, observed individual behavior, or emotional status for students in elementary school.
The Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS®) program is a curriculum that aims to promote emotional and social competencies and to reduce aggression and behavior problems in elementary school children. PATHS® is delivered through short lessons given two to three times a week over the school year. The program is based on the principle that understanding and regulating emotions are central to effective problem solving. The lessons focus on (1) self-control, (2) emotional literacy, (3) social competence, (4) positive peer relations, and (5) interpersonal problem-solving skills. There is a separate curriculum for each grade.

Findings

2
studies that met standards out of
13
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Evidence Tier
Academic achievement No discernible effects 5
Observed individual behavior No discernible effects 1-3
Student emotional status No discernible effects 1-3
Student social interaction No discernible effects 1-3

Last Updated: March 2021

Race

Asian
11%
Black
8%
White
70%
Other or unknown
11%

Gender

Male: 53%
Female: 47%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

31%

English Learners

English Learners icon
23%
Note: This summary only includes data from studies that reported sample information. The Intervention Report may include evidence from other studies that met standards, but did not report sample information.


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