Journal of Basic Education

Helping Young Children to Develop Adaptive Coping Strategies

2008.第17卷第1期(Vol. 17 No. 1).pp. 119–144

Helping Young Children to Develop Adaptive Coping Strategies


Mun WONG(黃敏)


The aim of this study was to determine whether a socio-emotional programme (Zippy’s Friends) had significant short-term effects on the children who participated in it, when compared with children in a control group who did not participate in the programme. Ten kindergartens were invited to participate in the study. There were totally 139 kindergarten children (5–6.25 years old) in the experimental group. The control group consisted of 128 kindergarten children (4.5–7 years old). Results show that the Zippy’s Friends Programme has significant short-term effects on helping kindergarten children to use more coping strategies to cope with everyday adversities. Teachers also found that the programme had changed their perceptions of children and improved classroom communication and has helped them to have a better understanding of children’s emotional needs.

Keywords: coping; stress; socio-emotional programme