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Emotional and behavioral disorders among students after the eruption of Mount Merapi are
important health problem. Treatment delays could worsen the student’s psychological status, decreasing their school achievement and even their future. Mental health training and education, through the local cultural wisdom games for students, may potentially reduce this problem. The research aims to analyze the effectiveness of using local cultural wisdom games to reduce emotional and behavioral disorders among Junior High School students in Cangkringan, Sleman Regency. The research method is quasi experimental research with one group using pre-test and post-test design. Subjects were 90 seventh grade students from Public Junior High School Two of Cangkringan, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Province. Notes and tools of local cultural wisdom games, and an SDQ (Strength and Difficulties Questionaire) were used as instruments. Analysis was done using paired t-test, linear regression and F-test with
= 5%. After training on local cultural wisdom games, there was significant decrease of emotional and behavioral disorders among the students. The proportion of students who had severe emotional and behavioral disorder (abnormal) decreased from 43.3% to 23.3%. The average SDQ score of 18.8 before the intervention, decreased to 14.1 after the intervention (t stat = 12.495; p = 0.000). In conclusion, local cultural wisdom games are effective methods to decrease emotional and behavioral disorders of Junior High School students in Cangkringan, Sleman Regency.
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