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Empathy; Anger in children -- Prevention; Second step; Academic theses;


The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of empathy in anger management programs for young children. Given the growing body of research demonstrating the effectiveness of early intervention, efforts are being made to adapt anger management programs to younger populations. As researchers tackle this challenge, careful attention must be given to the unique developmental needs of this age group. Because many anger management programs involve an empathy training component, it is important to determine whether younger populations can benefit from this training. If children are not able to demonstrate these skills at this age, programs and curriculums utilizing an empathy training component with this age group will be both a waste of time and resources. The outcome of a study examining the effectiveness of empathy training with a group of kindergarten students using the Second Step curriculum will be discussed. Differences in effectiveness of the training for students exhibiting anger and aggression problems at school will also be examined.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Charlotte Haselhuhn


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