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.
Walking into Erin Van Dyke’s kindergarten class at Bellview Elementary in Ashland when it’s time to do a quiet activity, the first thing a visitor might wonder is how the room of about 20 children is so quiet.
Schools in the Rogue Valley are taking part in a program designed to help the students, as well as the community, thrive. The Pax game aims to promote peace, productivity, health, and happiness.
Fads sweep education like teenage fashions and often change with a new administrator or with the last visit to a vendors’ table at a conference. Imagine if your child’s doctor made decisions based on fads. Doctors and healing arts professionals are supposed to make decisions based on the best peer-reviewed, replicated science available. Most of that science is freely available at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (www.pubmed.gov).
A new era of public schooling is coming to some parts of New Mexico, one that holds hope that from kinder, more humane classrooms come children less likely to turn to suicide, risky behavior or drugs.