In 2013 YSS began conducting research when Hal Simonneti, a retired IBM research analyst, spearheaded pilot research to examine program effectiveness. The results show that YSS effected positive change after the first book was implemented with a group of 6th grade students.
2013-2014 Pilot Research Results
Students had a statistically significant improvement in self-esteem (<.01) as measured by the Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale (RSE).
Students had a statistically significant improvement in cognitive emotional regulation, specifically in the areas of self blame (<.01) and other blame (<.15), as measured by the Cognitive Emotional Regulation Questionnaire (Garnefski, Kraaij).
In essence, YSS Book 1: Discover Your Self improved students’ beliefs about themselves and their ability to manage their cognitive and affective responses, exactly what it was designed to do. These preliminary results paved the way for larger more vigorous research to take place.
As such, in 2015 YSS began a longitudinal evaluation under the guidance of Arbor Educational in Vancouver. The scales involved examine 26 social emotional skill sets using a control group for comparison. The experiment group and the control group both consist of over one hundred students. The first year data (after students at the experiment school read only Book 1 of the three book series) showed statistically significant improvements in three areas compared to the control group:
- civic responsibility
The first year data also showed an increase (though not considered statistically significant) in the following areas:
- effective expression of feelings
- less self judgement
- feelings of isolation
- perspective taking
The control group showed no statistically significant increase in any domain. In fact, the control group showed no change or a decrease in all but three domains. Year two of the data taken during the 2016-2017 school year is currently being analyzed. We look forward to sharing them with you soon. Stay tuned!!!