Behavioral Interventions Help Students

BALTIMORE, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Behavioral intervention programs help improve student behavior and learning, U.S. researchers suggest.

Researchers at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence found Maryland elementary school students receiving behavioral intervention — an evidence-based program known as School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports — helped reduce student suspensions and office discipline referrals, and improved student academic achievement.


The intervention, assigned in some schools but not others in the study, is published in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions. Both groups of schools had other programs in effect at the same time of the study — such as character education, anti-bullying and drug prevention programs.

However, only students in schools with the intervention had significant behavior and learning improvements.

“This study demonstrates how important it is for schools to commit to sustained implementation of SWPBIS over multiple years,” lead author Catherine Bradshaw says in a statement. “We are currently examining student-level factors to identify for whom and under what conditions SWPBIS has the greatest impact.”

Bradshaw and colleagues tracked the schools over five years after randomly assigning them to receive training in SWPBIS — 21 schools and compared them to 16 comparison schools.

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