Report to the Public Health Agency of Sweden
International research has shown the Good Behavior Game to be an efficient method for reducing off-task behaviors in the classroom, as well as increasing prosocial skills, while long-term follow-ups have indicated positive effects on a wide range of health issues. The Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services has published three reports highlighting effects of the Good Behavior Game on mental health, suicide risk, and tobacco use. This study is the first trial of a culturally adapted Swedish version of the PAX Good Behavior Game. The results indicate that after 5-months there are significant reductions in teachers’ percieved stress and independently observed off-task student behaviors. Teachers’ ratings of the students strengths and difficulties show improvements on all subscales, especially hyperactivity and prosocial behaviors. Summarizing, the pilot trial shows that PAX Good Behavior Game is appreciated by teachers and students alike, and produces effects on significant outcomes. This makes PAX GBG a promising method for improving Swedish classrooms.
As Yamhill-Carlton Elementary School third graders worked on math problem, teacher Kourtney Fjelland watched not only how well they were handling fractions, but also how well they were behaving. Most were concentrating, cooperating, focusing on their work and staying in their seats. In other words, they were exhibiting the good behaviors students themselves suggested and agreed upon earlier in the year, also as part of the PAX Good Behavior Game.
Medication-assisted treatment and recovery services work, but in order for the U.S. population to reach its full health potential, behavioral health and addiction treatment providers need to go on the offensive, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, told attendees at the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference on Tuesday in Seattle.
“We are asking students to change a belief system without changing the situation around them.”
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