Effects of Student Training in Social Skills and Emotional Intelligence on the Behaviour and Coexistence of Adolescents in the 21st Century

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Title: Effects of Student Training in Social Skills and Emotional Intelligence on the Behaviour and Coexistence of Adolescents in the 21st Century
Authors: Vila Pérez, Sara | Gilar-Corbi, Raquel | Pozo-Rico, Teresa
Research Group/s: Investigación en Inteligencias, Competencia Social y Educación (SOCEDU) | Habilidades, Competencias e Instrucción
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y Didáctica
Keywords: Social skills | Emotional intelligence | Secondary school | Educational training
Knowledge Area: Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación
Issue Date: 20-May-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Vila S, Gilar-Corbí R, Pozo-Rico T. Effects of Student Training in Social Skills and Emotional Intelligence on the Behaviour and Coexistence of Adolescents in the 21st Century. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(10):5498. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105498
Abstract: In recent decades, efforts have been made to achieve a positive coexistence among adolescents in secondary schools and create a healthy environment to prepare them to face the present-day challenges. Therefore, this study highlights the educational purpose of improving emotional management and social skills as well as decreasing antisocial and criminal behaviour among secondary education students through an educational training programme. Accordingly, to verify the effectiveness of the project, a quasi-experimental design with a pre-test/post-test structure and a control group was adopted. To achieve this, a total of 141 Spanish secondary school students participated in this study and were randomly assigned to one of two experimental conditions. The first (experimental) group (n = 55) participated in the training programme; correspondingly, the second group (control) (n = 57) followed the usual mentoring activities planned for the entire educational centre. Of the total number of participants, 52.7% of the sample were men and 47.3% were women. The mean age of the participants was 13.01 years old (SD = 0.935). The results showed improvements in the environment with adequate training and the correct application of a programme involving emotional intelligence (EI) among secondary education students. Furthermore, a decrease in conflicts and enhanced relations between the members of the educational community was evidenced. Finally, the practical implications for improving coexistence in secondary schools are discussed.
Sponsor: This research was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (EDU2015-64562-R).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/115184
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18105498
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105498
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