Learning life skills strengthening basic competencies and health-related quality of life of socially disadvantaged elementary school children through the mentoring program "Balu und Du" ("Baloo and you")

Autor(en): Drexler, S.
Borrmann, B. 
Müller-Kohlenberg, H.
Stichwörter: academic achievement; article; Basic competencies Health-related quality of life; child; controlled study; decision making; education program; empathy; female; Health promotion; human; learning; major clinical study; male; mental concentration; Mentoring project; motivation; primary school; problem solving; quality of life; school child; self evaluation; skill; Socially disadvantaged children
Erscheinungsdatum: 2012
Journal: Journal of Public Health (Germany)
Volumen: 20
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 141
Seitenende: 149
Aim: This investigation aimed to determine whether socially disadvantaged elementary school children profit health-wise from their participation in the mentoring program "Balu und Du" in which their basic competencies are strengthened and their health-related quality of life is improved. Subjects and methods: For the evaluation study we compared an intervention group of 141 children, or so-called "Mowglis" (treatment group), with a stratified control group of 158 children. The children in both the treatment and control groups were 6 to 10 years old and visited 38 different elementary schools at 12 participating locations in Lower Saxony, Germany. Children were recommended for "Balu und Du" by their teachers who were worried about their pupils' disadvantaged family backgrounds and their personal and developmental problems. The control group children were also selected by theMowglis' teachers and were supposed to match the participants closely in the mentioned attributes. With their parents' consents they participated in the evaluation study. Results: The children in the treatment group (Mowglis) can profit from their participation in the project "Balu und Du" in the areas of health-related quality of life. Scholastic achievement and motivation increased in comparison to the control group and the willingness of the children to acquire knowledge and skills that are necessary for current and future problem-solving capacity grew. Conclusion: The project "Balu und Du" was able to reach elementary school children from socially disadvantaged families and, by strengthening important basic competencies and their health-related quality of life, can prevent hazardous health characteristics. © Springer-Verlag 2011.
ISSN: 09431853
DOI: 10.1007/s10389-011-0458-7
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