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PATHS® program developer, Dr. Mark Greenberg, and school administrators discuss the real impact of the PATHS program

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PATHS® Program Results

In rigorous clinical studies,* the PATHS program has been shown to:

  • reduce teachers' reports of students exhibiting aggressive behavior by 32%
  • increase teachers' reports of students exhibiting self-control by 36%
  • increase students' vocabulary for emotions by 68%
  • increase students' scores on cognitive skills tests by 20%
  • significantly improve students' ability to tolerate frustration plus their ability -- and willingness -- to use effective conflict-resolution strategies
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  • reduce behavior problems, such as aggression at school (for both regular and special-needs students)
  • significantly decrease conduct problems and the percentage of aggressive/violent solutions to social problems
  • reduce depression and sadness among special-needs students
  • significantly increase teachers' reports of improved behavior in the classroom**
  • significantly increase teachers' reports of improved academic engagement**
  • significantly reduce students' reports of male students exhibiting aggressive behavior.**

*at one- or two-year follow-up, compared to matched-comparison children, supplemented
*with teacher training and support

**In this study, a grade-level version of the program was supplemented with teacher
**training and support as well as additional interventions for students with conduct problems.

Positive impacts in Head Start classrooms!

A large-scale national study of Head Start classrooms found that the PATHS program improved outcomes in student emotional knowledge and social problem-solving skills among preschool students! Among the three programs evaluated, the PATHS program achieved significant results in the most primary targeted outcomes.

Head Start teachers also reported that students in classrooms that used the PATHS program:

  • were more likely to apply appropriate social behaviors, such as cooperating with peers and effectively resolving conflicts
  • showed improvements in learning behaviors, such as following directions and staying on task.

The study also noted that kindergarten teachers reported the expectation that fewer of the children who had participated in the PATHS program in preschool would be held back a grade. The PATHS program was the only one of the three programs studied to produce this result.

A wise investment!

A Washington State Institute for Public Policy report shows the PATHS program yields a benefit-cost ratio of $13.04 for each dollar invested, and provides long-term results.

PATHS® Program Recognition

The PATHS program received the highest possible rating from Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development (Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado). The PATHS program is one of only 11 youth development programs to receive this elite recognition -- over 1,250 programs have been reviewed to date.


  • Promising Program
    U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Youth Violence
  • Best Practice
    Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT)
  • Level 1 Program
    highest possible rating
    Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP)
  • Effective Program
    highest possible rating
    Office of Justice Programs'
  • Effective Program
    highest possible rating
    U.S. Department of Justice/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    The PATHS program is one of two universal classroom-based social and emotional learning curriculums to achieve this rating.
  • Highest possible rating in all SEL categories (Australia)
    KidsMatter Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative
  • Level 1 Program (United Kingdom)
    highest possible rating
    Early Intervention: The Next Steps: A Report for Her Majesty's Government
    The PATHS program is the ONLY universal classroom-based social and emotional learning curriculum to achieve this rating.
  • Model Program
    highest possible rating
    Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development University of Colorado
  • Model Program
    highest possible rating
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    The PATHS program was one of only 12 SAMHSA Model Programs that had documented Academic Achievement outcomes -- and one of only two programs designed for children ages 5-12.
  • Perfect score -- program materials
    SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
  • Near perfect score -- dissemination
    3.6 points out of 4 in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
  • Model Program
    highest possible rating
    National Dropout Prevention Center/Network  
    The PATHS program is listed as showing strong evidence of effectiveness!
  • Select Program
    highest possible rating
    Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • Best Practices Program
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Promising Program
    U.S. Dept. of Education, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program's Expert Panel

The PATHS program has also been recognized for its effectiveness by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The PATHS® program supports federal requirements that mandate schools to provide safe and effective learning environments!

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