Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 7–23

Teaching Multiethnic Urban Adolescents How to Enhance Their Competencies: Effects of a Middle School Primary Prevention Program on Adaptation

Authors

  • Violaine Ayotte
    • Montreal Regional Public Health DepartmentMontreal Regional Health Board
  • Jean-François Saucier
    • Department of PsychiatrySainte-Justine Hospital
  • François Bowen
    • Department of Psychopedagogy and AndragogyUniversity of Montreal
  • Marie-Claire Laurendeau
    • Montreal Regional Public Health DepartmentMontreal Regional Health Board
  • Michel Fournier
    • Montreal Regional Public Health DepartmentMontreal Regional Health Board
  • Jean-Guy Blais
    • Department of School Administration and Educational FoundationUniversity of Montreal
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1025071516447

Cite this article as:
Ayotte, V., Saucier, J., Bowen, F. et al. The Journal of Primary Prevention (2003) 24: 7. doi:10.1023/A:1025071516447

Abstract

This study evaluated a program that promoted adaptation of students in their first year of secondary school. Participants included 896 multiethnic urban students mostly from socioeconomically disadvantaged families. The program focused on developing healthy self-perceptions, and cognitive, affective and behavioral skills. Multiple regression analyses revealed the predicted positive effects of the program on psychological and social outcomes. However, there was also an unexpected negative outcome for a subgroup of students (11%) made vulnerable by stressful family experiences. These findings broaden our understanding of the effects of such programs and underline the need to address the specific coping competencies of students more at-risk.

school-based programcompetenceadolescentevaluationurbanmultiethnicdisadvantaged familieslife events

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2003