Delivered 15 minutes a day for three years, the Positive Action program belongs to the “little and often” school of thought – and it works. In a recent trial, the program reduced substance use, violence, and bullying among elementary-school students in Chicago city schools.
Having already tested the intervention in Hawaiian schools, researchers including the program developers aimed to replicate the results in a large urban school system.
Starting at the age of eight, children from mostly low-income families were followed during the three-year intervention. At the end of this period, there were significant reductions in drug use, serious violence and bullying behavior among kids participating in the program.