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This blog post is part of our What Works Clearinghouse review series. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is an initiative by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) which is the independent statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the United States Department of Education. WWC estimates the effectiveness of programs by evaluating the quality and quantity of evidence for that program.

This week’s blog post is about the evidence behind Coping Power’s impact on students. Here’s the short version:

Coping Power incorporates child and parent components. The child component consists of thirty-four 50-minute group sessions and periodic individual sessions over the course of 15–18 months, although the program can be shortened to fit into a single school year. Lessons focus on goal setting, problem solving, anger management, and peer relationships. The parent component is composed of 16 group sessions and periodic individual meetings.

The evidence for Coping Power covers students in 4th grade through 5th grade.

The outcomes examined include: external behavior and social outcomes. Here’s what the evidence suggests about Coping Power’s impact on each outcome:

  • External behavior: Positive impact (an average student would be expected to improve by 8 percentile points)
  • Social outcomes: No detectable impact

The studies looking into Coping Power had student samples that were in urban and suburban areas in Alabama and North Carolina, had students who were White and Black, and were male and female.

You can find the full report from the What Works Clearinghouse here:


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