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Yhteispeli - Effectiveness Study on Promoting Childrens' Socio-emotional Skills in School

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02178332
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 30, 2014
Last Update Posted : March 27, 2017
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Tampere University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Päivi Santalahti, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this cluster randomised trial is to investigate whether the Yhteispeli whole school programme is effective in improving children's socio-emotional skills and mental health and socio-emotional skills.

All Finnish elementary schools and their classes in 1-3 grades were invited to participate in the study. The schools were randomly allocated to receive either Yhteispeli programme or two lectures


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Children's Socio-emotional Skills and Psychiatric Symptoms Other: Yhteispeli, whole school programme Other: Two theoretical lectures Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 4400 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Yhteispeli: Intervention Effectiveness on Elementary School Childrens' Socio-emotional Skills and Psychiatric Symptoms
Study Start Date : March 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 30, 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : September 30, 2015

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Yhteispeli, whole school programme
Yhteispeli-programme aims to support children's socio-emotional skills and well being at schools. Schools receive the Yhteispeli manual and teachers receive 3 and head masters 2 lecture days about use of Yhteispeli methods including group discussions and exercises. In addition every school is visited 4 times to support the use of Yhteispeli methods. (Lectures for the head masters March 2013 - November 2013, teachers August 2013 - January 2014)
Other: Yhteispeli, whole school programme
Active Comparator: Two theoretical lectures
Teachers receive two theoretical lectures on development of children's socio-emotional skills (3 hours in November 2013 and 3 hours in March 2014 ).
Other: Two theoretical lectures



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in children's psychiatric symptoms [ Time Frame: 6 months after baseline and 18 months after baseline ]
    SDQ - The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires

  2. Change in children's socio-emotional skills [ Time Frame: 6 months after baseline and 18 months after baseline ]
    A set of socio-emotional skills tests A set of questions regarding bullying


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in children's emotion recognition (and processing) [ Time Frame: 6 months after baseline and 18 months after baseline ]
    A set of emotion recognition (and processing) tests

  2. Change in children's executive functions [ Time Frame: 6 months after baseline and 18 months after baseline ]
    A set of cognitive functions tests

  3. Change in teacher and work community (occupational) wellbeing [ Time Frame: 6 months after baseline and 18 months after baseline ]
    A set of teacher's occupational and work community wellbeing tests


Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Change in teacher and parent interaction [ Time Frame: 6 months after baseline and 18 months after baseline ]
    A set of teacher-parent interaction tests

  2. Change in children's and teachers' perceptions of class environment [ Time Frame: 6 months after baseline and 18 months after baseline ]
    A set of class environment questions rated by the teacher and children

  3. Change in teaching and parenting styles [ Time Frame: 6 months after baseline and 18 months after baseline ]
    A set of questions regarding child rearing

  4. Change in teachers' and parents' socio-emotional skills [ Time Frame: 6 months after baseline and 18 months after baseline ]
    A set of questions regarding adult socio-emotional skills



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Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 10 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All children from volunteering elementary schools and classes (grades 1 to 3) whose parents gave consent to participate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02178332


Locations
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Finland
Päivi Santalahti
Helsinki, Finland
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
Tampere University
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Päivi Santalahti, MD National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland

Publications of Results:
Other Publications:
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Responsible Party: Päivi Santalahti, MD, Specialist in Child Psychiatry, Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02178332     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: THL/455/6.00.00/2014
First Posted: June 30, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 27, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017
Keywords provided by Päivi Santalahti, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland:
Children
socio-emotional
socio-emotional skills
psychiatric symptoms
SDQ
Finland
School
School community
Teacher
Whole school approach
Intervention
Effectiveness study
Cluster randomised trial