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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.

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