A Meta-Analysis of Social Skills Interventions for Preschoolers with or at Risk of Early Emotional and Behavioral Problems. Academic Article uri icon


  • Early social-behavioral intervention that emphasizes social skill training is critical to addressing emotional and behavioral problems in early childhood. In this meta-analysis review, we examined all the social skills intervention studies for preschoolers with, or at risk of, emotional and behavioral problems using group designs. This review included 25 studies that met the inclusion criteria. The robust variance estimation method was used to calculate the overall effect size of all the included studies, as this method can count for the pre-existing difference between the experiment and control groups. The included studies yielded an overall effect of 0.54 from the 151 effect sizes that were obtained for the 3484 preschool participants. Curriculum, integration, and treatment fidelity were identified as significant moderators of effects.

published proceedings

  • Behav Sci (Basel)

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Dong, X., Burke, M. D., Ramirez, G., Xu, Z., & Bowman-Perrott, L.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Dong, Xin||Burke, Mack D||Ramirez, Gilbert||Xu, Zhihong||Bowman-Perrott, Lisa

publication date

  • November 2023