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Afterschool programs to improve social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health in middle childhood: A targeted review of the literature


This literature review sought to - Supplement and update existing literature and meta-analytic reviews of social-emotional and behavioral health outcomes achieved in afterschool programs, with a specific focus on those serving children 6 to 12 years of age - Identify afterschool programs demonstrating positive outcomes in the area of physical health - Provide practical implications for further promoting healthy middle childhood development across genders through afterschool programs. This targeted literature review identifies studies of afterschool programs reporting positive outcomes in one or more social-emotional, behavioral, or physical health outcomes. Studies conducted in the United States of programs serving children aged 6 to 12 were prioritized, and 52 studies meeting these criteria were selected. (author abstract)

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Literature Review
United States

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