This investigation evaluated the effects of cuento therapy (an intervention using Spanish-language tales) on children’s self-esteem, affect, and reading test performance. The sample was composed of 58 third-grade Mexican-American students who were randomly assigned to the treatment and control groups. The results showed a mean self-esteem gain score difference between groups in favor of the treatment group for Global, Academic, and General self-esteem scores. Following intervention, the treatment group reported less physiological anxiety than did the control group. The results also showed mean increases in the pre- and post-standardized high-stakes reading test scores for both groups. Other significant findings regarding selfesteem and anxiety are reported.
Ramirez, Sylvia Z.; Sachin, Jain; Flores-Torres, Leila L.; Perez, Roxanna; and Ralph, Carlson, "The Effects of Cuento Therapy on Reading Achievement and Psychological Outcomes of Mexican-American Students" (2018). Human Development and School Services Faculty Publications and Presentations. 1.
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