Influence of physical activity on the social and emotional behavior of children aged 2-5 years

Santiago Calero Morales, Dolores Paola Pastaz Pillajo, Mónica Cabezas Flores, Angie Fernández Lorenzo, Raúl Ricardo Fernández Concepción

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Introduction: The study of social and emotional behavior in children is associated with their responses to a certain stimulus, inferring an analysis of the factors that cause it and the design of the intervention strategies according to the needs established.
Objective: The present paper is aimed at the implementation of a group of physical and recreational activities that contribute to enhance the social and emotional behaviour of 25 children aged 2-5 years old, which show social and emotional behaviour problems.
Methods: In the elaboration of the proposal were interviewed 30 workers that take part in the research at 6 de Diciembre School in Quito, plus 40 members of the community directly related to the sample studied (family and neighbors). The research studies several indicators of social and emotional behaviour (emotional state, behaviour, emotional and socialization disorders) before and after the implementation of the proposal for a 12 month period.
Results: It is demonstrated through the Wilcoxon signed-rank test a significant improvement throughout the research process (0,018) with 7 negative ranks and a tie in favour of the post test.
Conclusion: The strategy designed had a positive influence in the social and emotional conduct among of children aged 2-5 years, demonstrating that the physical activity can become an alternative of social intervention

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