Conscious Discipline Improves Social-Emotional Behaviors - Creating Connections Research Project
The Creating Connections Research Project is a partnership between the Fairplex Child Development Center and the University of La Verne. This study used the Devereaux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) to determine changes in self-reflection and effortful control of social-emotional behaviors in 105 children in 10 classrooms in the Center.
Both quantitative and qualitative outcomes indicate transformative growth in the children and adults. Specifically, the DECA and CLASS show statistically significant improvement on all measures, individual items and domain scores from the beginning of the year (pre-tests) to the end of the year (post tests).
Conscious Discipline Improves Resiliency - Head Start
This study used the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) to measure the resiliency factors of preschool-aged children in Head Start centers in Ohio and Louisiana who had/had not been exposed to Conscious Discipline in the classroom. Select Ohio Head Start centers that used Conscious Discipline in the classroom were designated as the study group. Comparable Louisiana Head Start centers that did not use Conscious Discipline in the classroom were designated as the control group.
The results indicate children in the Head Start classrooms using Conscious Discipline (study group) had significantly more typical ratings in the three protective factors and less behavioral concerns as indicated by both teachers and parents, compared to children in the Head Start classrooms not using Conscious Discipline (control group).
Conscious Discipline Improves Resiliency - Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)
This study used the electronic Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (e-DECA) to measure two resiliency factors, 1) protective factors and 2) behavioral concerns of children in Osceola County, Florida, Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) programs.
Preliminary results show evidence indicators and improvement in the e-DECA in three levels of fidelity of implementation of Conscious Discipline: low, medium and high fidelity. Statistically significant improvement in both 1) protective factors and 2) behavior concerns were measured at all three fidelity levels.