Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Aside from puberty, many middle school students are impacted by the transition of elementary school to middle school, the unhealthy relationships around them, and in today’s world, the influence of social media. As a result, too many middle school students engage in interpersonal conflicts. Although most of these interpersonal conflicts are made by temporary emotions, the consequences could be permanent. Some consequences include emotional distress, suspension/expulsions, and poor academic performances. Wellness centers are now being implemented in middle schools and high schools in the Salinas Union High School District. The wellness center at Harden Middle School offers behavioral and socio-emotional support, as well as mediations. In the first year of providing services 147 meditations were arranged to work out interpersonal conflicts among students. To help decrease interpersonal conflicts between middle schoolers, creating a curriculum that provided students with healthier communication skills was important. The curriculum focused on healthier communication skills with parents, friends, teachers and through social media. Results showed that teaching healthy communication skills does decrease interpersonal conflicts. It is recommended to provide students with in-person group sessions to those students who engage in several interpersonal conflicts.

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