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Effect of an Intervention Program on "High Risk" Spanish American Children

Joe D. Cornett, Len Ainsworth and Bill Askins
The Journal of Educational Research
Vol. 67, No. 8 (Apr., 1974), pp. 342-343
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27536621
Page Count: 2
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Abstract

Mental ability, language development (English), language development (Spanish) and self-image changes were studied as effects of an early intervention program for preschool children. Ss were fifty 3-, 4-, and 5-year old children from disadvantaged backgrounds and from bilingual cultures. Ss also exhibited a number of additional handicapping factors. Differences between groups (N = 30 for experimental and N = 20 for control) were analyzed with analysis of covariance utilizing pretest scores as covariates. Results indicated that intervention Ss made significantly greater gains in mental ability, language (English), and made greater gains in language (Spanish). Also, intervention subjects demonstrated a positive growth in self-image.

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