Violence prevention: Program effects on urban preschool and kindergarten children

Susan D. McMahon*, Jason Washburn, Erika D. Felix, Jeanne Yakin, Gary Childrey

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This study compares the effectiveness of a violence prevention program with young, at-risk children in two settings. Preschool and kindergarten students, residing in Chicago public-housing developments, participated in a 28-session intervention. Knowledge, behavior problems, and social skills were assessed at pretest and posttest, based on child interviews, teacher ratings, and behavioral observations. Findings suggest that both preschool and kindergarten children demonstrated significant gains in knowledge, based on interview scores, and significant decreases in problem behaviors, based on behavioral observations; however, teacher ratings did not change significantly across time. The discrepancy in findings is explored and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-281
Number of pages11
JournalApplied and Preventive Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Aggression
  • Program evaluation
  • Social skills
  • Urban youth
  • Violence prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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