Two longitudinal evaluations of the WITS Programs have been conducted. The first efficacy evaluation (2001 to 2006) followed 430 children and their families and collected four waves of data (Leadbeater et al., 2003; Woods, Coyle, Hoglund & Leadbeater, 2007). The second (2006 to 2008) involved 1,130 children, their families and teachers across three waves of data (Leadbeater, Sukhawathanakul, Yeung & Desjardin, in preparation).
These studies show that, compared to children in control schools, children in schools with well-established WITS Programs report more physical and relational victimization. This is consistent with the WITS Programs’ aim to encourage children to report victimization or ‘Seek Help’ and suggests program school children are capable of identifying victimization episodes and reporting them. Findings also showed that rates of physical victimization declined significantly faster in program schools compared to control schools. In addition, the second study showed that teachers in program schools consistently rated children’s levels of social responsibility higher than teachers in control schools.
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