Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS)

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Scientific Rating:
Well-Supported by Research Evidence
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent).

Target Population: Universal populations (all children) as well as in small group settings for children with more serious behavior problems

For children/adolescents ages: 4 – 12

Brief Description

The PATHS® curriculum is a comprehensive program that is designed to reduce aggression and behavior problems and increase emotional and social competencies in preschool through elementary school-aged children. This curriculum is designed to be used by educators and counselors to help children with poor classroom behavior and performance. Although primarily focused on the school setting (small groups and classroom), information and activities are also included for use with parents.

Program Goals:

The goals of Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS)® are:

  • Decrease internalizing symptoms (sadness anxiety and withdrawal)
  • Decrease aggressive symptoms
  • Decrease hyperactive/disruptive behavior
  • Decrease peer aggression
  • Increase self-control
  • Increase emotional understanding
  • Increase use of cognitive abilities and strategies (executive functions)
  • Increase use of effective conflict-resolution strategies
  • Increase engagement/attention in the classroom

Contact Information

Dorothy Morelli
Agency/Affiliation: PATHS Education Worldwide
Phone: (615) 364-6606

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2014