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October 6, 2010
New Guides for Measuring Outcomes in Out-of-School Time Programs

Two new Child Trends briefs provide information and tools for measuring outcomes in out-of-school time programs.

Assessing Stress in Children and Youth: A Guide for Out-Of-School Time Program Practitioners
It is important for families, schools, and program providers to be able to recognize and help youth cope with stress to minimize the risk for negative health and behavioral development. This brief identifies characteristics of youth who may be particularly vulnerable to stress; provides two scales to measure stress among adolescents; and includes tips and resources for helping youth deal with stress.

Assessing Self-Regulation: A Guide for Out-Of-School Time Program Practitioners
Being able to suppress impulsive behavior and to adjust behavior as appropriate has been linked to positive outcomes for children and adolescents. This brief defines self-regulation and why it is important; provides three measures of self-regulation skills of children and teens; and includes tips for enhancing self-regulation skills in out-of-school time programs.

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