What risk and protective factors is PATHS® designed to target?

During research studies, the PATHS® program has been shown to improve protective factors such self control, understanding and recognition of emotions, ability to tolerate frustration, more efficient conflict-resolution strategies, and thinking and planning skills.  The PATHS® program has also been shown to directly impact behavioral and emotional difficulties.  Replicated findings show decreases in externalizing symptoms (aggression, hyper-active disruptive behavior) and internalizing (anxiety/depressive symptoms), and improvement in peer relations and academic engagement in the classroom. 

Protective Factors Targeted for an Increase

Risk Factors Targeted for a Decrease

  • School Opportunities for Pro-Social Involvement
  • School Rewards for Pro-Social Involvement
  • Social and Emotional Skills
  • Interaction with Pro-Social Peers
  • Academic Engagement
  • Low Commitment to School
  • Academic Failure
  • Rebelliousness
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Friends’ Delinquent Behavior
  • Favorable Attitudes toward Antisocial Behavior