The schools these days are facing many challenges in terms of anti-social behavior of children like bullying, verbal and physical aggression. The burden of academics coupled with home environments where both the parents need to work for sustenance has resulted in behavioral and adjustment problems. Many more cases of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are being reported. Studies have conclusively proved that social and emotional aspects are crucial for all domains of development. Social emotional competence of children directly impacts their academic performance. Children with behavioral problems lack social skills needed for effective interactions with peers and adults. Emotional immaturity often leads to their isolation. All these inadequacies result in low self-esteem and lowered academic performance. The study was undertaken with a view to enhance the social and emotional skills of children who were facing problems like ADHD, bullying and other behavioral problems. The sample comprised of 80 children selected from three schools in Delhi. Interventions were developed in social and emotional domains and the children were exposed to these interventions for a period of four months. After the interventions, a gap of three months was given in order to assess the sustainability of the techniques. The post test results were significant at 0.05 level of confidence. Better school adjustment, less frequent aggressive and bullying behavior was achieved. The school grades had significant improvement as attention had increased. The research results strongly recommend that the school programs should have embedded programs for enhancing social and emotional skills of children.
Rekha Sapra, Bharati College, University of Delhi, India
Stream: Education for sustainable development
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