Adrian OPRE*, Ramona BUZGAR, Daniela DUMULESCU
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
A recent national screening study, focused on socio-emotional problems in children, revealed that in Romanian educational settings there is real need for psychological counselling programmes. Taking together the result from two experimental studies, the present paper offers empirical support for the efficiency of a newly developed rational emotive education program (SELF kit). In the first study, a 3×2 factorial design (intervention type X team expertise) was applied; working with preschool children (223), a 12 weeks intervention programme was implemented. The second study tested the efficiency o Self Kit program in primary school children: 94 pupils were implied in a 2X2 experimental design (intervention X assessment moment). The results from both studies revealed a real beneficial impact of SELF kit programme on children socio-emotional competences. Limits, future directions and implications are discussed.
Keywords: Self kit program, rational emotive education, socio-emotional problems in children