Primary prevention: Educational approaches to enhance social and emotional learning

Maurice J. Elias, Roger P. Weissberg

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The 1995 publication of Goleman's Emotional Intelligence triggered a revolution in mental health promotion. Goleman's examination of Gardner's work on multiple intelligences and current brain research, and review of successful programs that promoted emotional health, revealed a common objective among those working to prevent specific problem behaviors: producing knowledgeable, responsible, nonviolent, and caring individuals. Advances in research and field experiences confirm that school-based programs that promote social and emotional learning (SEL) in children can be powerful in accomplishing these goals. This article reviews the work of the Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), its guidelines for promoting mental health in children and youth based on SEL, key principles, and examples of exemplary programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-190
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of School Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Education
  • Philosophy


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