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Improving Children's Adaptation: New Evidence Regarding the Effectiveness of Zippy's Friends, a School Mental Health Promotion Program

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This article presents the results of the first North American evaluation study of the short-term effects of the French version of Zippy's Friends, a worldwide universal school-based program that promotes mental health in young children. The intervention group consisted of 310 children from 16 first and second grade primary school classes. Pre–post changes were compared with a control group of 303 children in 19 comparable classes who had not participated in Zippy's Friends. The program was successfully implemented as planned. Results showed promising findings in terms of decreased internalisation and improved cooperation, autonomy and perceived social support. Building on previous evidence, this new study confirms that Zippy's Friends is a commendable program.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2011

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  • Published by The Clifford Beers Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion emphasises the interconnectedness of research, policy, training and practice and the opportunities to make progress in all these areas through global dialogue, collaboration and action. Mark Weist (University of South Carolina and former director/senior advisor of the Center for School Mental Health) and Michael Murray (The Clifford Beers Foundation) are the editors, supported by a distinguished international editorial board.

    Advances in School Mental Health Promotion is an academic journal that co-ordinates the dissemination of new research outcomes to all those involved in policy making and the implementation of mental health promotion in schools and is essential reading for those with a personal or professional interest in this work.

    Peer reviewed by an expert international board, the Journal is a comprehensive information resource which publishes material of distinction submitted by those with a clinical, professional, academic or personal interest in promoting mental health in schools

    The aim of the Journal is to increase awareness, foster understanding and promote collaboration between the different disciplines engaged in this diverse activity of study.

    Advances in School Mental Health Promotion is the official journal of the International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools (InterCAMHS), an alliance that aims to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

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