The Rock and Water program has been proven to be universally effective in an extensive range of settings and environments, supporting social and emotional development of children, young people and adults. From schools to youth residential care to psychiatric hospitals – the programme authentically connects adults to adults, adults to young people and young people to young people – developmental relationships are strengthened and lives are changed.
A four-year study has been completed of the effects of Rock and Water delivered to students (age 11-13) at pre-vocational colleges in The Netherlands.
Students at pre-vocational colleges are considered to have a higher propensity for behavioural, social skill and risk-taking problems. The study, in which 1,299 students participated, took place between 2016 and 2020 and was carried out by the University of Utrecht (in the Netherlands).
Results show that students who have had the R&W intervention show better development on multiple outcomes in both the interpersonal domain (aggression) and the intrapersonal domain (psychological well-being, sexual autonomy, internalizing behaviour) and on secondary outcome measures (self-control and emotional regulation), compared to the students who did not receive the R&W intervention.
The outcomes were strongest when a core team of teachers was involved in the implementation of the intervention. You can read further about the Research by visiting http://dspace.library.uu.nl/handle/1874/400656
Comparison Study Of Primary School Children Participating In The Intervention Program Rock And Water
Researchers examined the changes in social safety (bullying and being bullied), feelings of competence (self-regulation, global self-esteem, and social acceptance effectiveness), and depressive feelings. (437Kb pdf )
Positive results of scientific research on pre-vocational education (grade 7 and 8)
Comprehensive scientific evaluation of the Rock and Water Programme consistently finds that students (aged