Faculty Supervisor

Dr. Carol Cox

Research Area

Human and Child Development


In the school setting, teaching students how to effectively navigate social interactions with realistic expectations of themselves has demonstrated success in promoting healthy self- esteem and positive social interactions. There has been limited research on self-esteem and social behavior interventions, though, in the out-of-school setting. Student self-esteem knowledge and teacher-observed social behaviors were assessed before and after a month-long, puppet-based, self-esteem curricular intervention held during an afterschool program for a small group of elementary students. Pre-post intervention, student self-esteem and social behavior knowledge scores significantly (p