Teaching feelings in preschool can ease emotional problems for teens | The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News

Feelings. We all have them, and yet, most of us were never taught how to talk about them. This can leave us at risk of developing emotional problems as we grow up. To help boost the social and emotional skills of future adults, researchers at Penn State University looked into how young students could potentially benefit from attending preschools that implemented research-based programs designed to “enhance the child’s ability to get along with others, regulate their emotions, and develop coping skills.” The researchers focused on Head Start preschools that implemented Research-based, Developmentally Informed (REDI) programs. What they found was that students who attended them were less likely to experience behavioral problems and emotional symptoms such as feeling anxious or depressed by the time they reached the seventh and ninth grades.

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