Eigenstandig Werden (Becoming Independent) - life skills training with focus on substance use and bullying

At a glance

Country of origin: 
Germany
Added to registry: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 09:30

Target group: 
School children aged 5-11 years
Age group: 
6-10 years
Programme setting(s): 
School
Level(s) of intervention: 
Universal intervention

Eigenstandig Werden is a life skills programme aimed at promoting health and personality development. It particularly addresses substance-related addiction and bullying in middle and late adolescence. It is delivered to elementary school children by teachers who are specially trained. There are 42 lessons, taught from grade 1 to grade 4 (6-9 years old). Some 10 lessons, most of which are 90 minutes long, are distributed throughout each school year. The sessions use a variety of techniques, such as relaxation exercises, role-play, identification figures, puppet shows, songs and experiments.

Keywords: 
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Overview of results from the European studies

Last reviewed: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Evidence rating: 
Beneficial
Studies overview: 

The programme has been evaluated in one randomised controlled trial (RCT) in Germany with children aged six years. At post-test, there was a statistically significant effect on teacher-reported child externalising and internalising behaviour but no effect on teacher-reported child life skills (e.g. assertiveness, autonomous behaviour and critical thinking and judgement).

References of studies
Countries where evaluated: 
Germany

Contact details: 

Ms Karin Maruska
Institute for Therapy and Health Research IFT-Nord
Harmsstrasse 2, 24114
Kiel Germany
Email: maruska@ift-nord.de

Protective factor(s): 
Individual and peers: Problem solving skills
Individual and peers: refusal skills
Xchange Risk factor(s): 
No defined Risk factors
Outcomes targeted: 
Other emotional outcomes
Other behaviour outcomes
Description of programme: 

Eigenstandig Werden is a life skills programme aimed at promoting health and personality development. It particularly addresses substance-related addiction and bullying in middle and late adolescence. It uses life skills such as self-awareness and empathy, and other skills such as media-related critical thinking and substance-specific resistance skills, to target addiction and violence. It is delivered to elementary school children by teachers who are specially trained.

There are 42 lessons taught from grade 1 to grade 4 (6-9 years old). Some 10 lessons, most of which are 90 minutes long, are distributed throughout each school year. The lessons are delivered in regular classes by specially trained teachers, who are provided with a manual that includes detailed descriptions of the particular units, in respect of background, aims, activities, etc., and of the relevant materials. The sessions use a variety of techniques, such as relaxation exercises, role play, identification figures, puppet shows, songs and experiments.

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