Prevention Science

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 432–439 | Cite as

First Adaptation of Coping Power Program as a Classroom-Based Prevention Intervention on Aggressive Behaviors Among Elementary School Children

  • Pietro Muratori
  • Iacopo Bertacchi
  • Consuelo Giuli
  • Lavinia Lombardi
  • Silvia Bonetti
  • Annalaura Nocentini
  • Azzurra Manfredi
  • Lisa Polidori
  • Laura Ruglioni
  • Annarita Milone
  • John E. Lochman


Children with high levels of aggressive behavior create a major management problem in school settings and interfere with the learning environment of their classmates. We report results from a group-randomized trial of a program aimed at preventing aggressive behaviors. The purpose of the current study, therefore, was to determine the extent to which an indicated prevention program, Coping Power Program, is capable of reducing behavioral problems and improving pro-social behavior when delivered as a universal classroom-based prevention intervention. Nine classes (five first grade and four second grade) were randomly assigned to intervention or control conditions. Findings showed a significant reduction in overall problematic behaviors and in inattention–hyperactivity problems for the intervention classes compared to the control classes. Students who received Coping Power Program intervention also showed more pro-social behaviors at postintervention. The implications of these findings for the implementation of strategies aimed at preventing aggressive behavior in school settings are discussed.


Prevention Pro-social behavior Aggressive behavior Coping Power School 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pietro Muratori
    • 1
  • Iacopo Bertacchi
    • 2
  • Consuelo Giuli
    • 2
  • Lavinia Lombardi
    • 3
  • Silvia Bonetti
    • 2
  • Annalaura Nocentini
    • 4
  • Azzurra Manfredi
    • 1
  • Lisa Polidori
    • 1
  • Laura Ruglioni
    • 1
  • Annarita Milone
    • 1
  • John E. Lochman
    • 5
  1. 1.IRCCS Fondazione Stella MarisScientific Institute of Child Neurology and PsychiatryCalambroneItaly
  2. 2.Associazione Mente CognitivaLuccaItaly
  3. 3.Pandora, Centro di PsicoterapiaLuccaItaly
  4. 4.Department of Sciences of Education and PsychologyUniversity of FlorenceFirenzeItaly
  5. 5.The University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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