• Monica Gupta Mehta

PAX Good Behavior Game

From PAX website:


"The PAX Good Behavior Game is an Evidence-based Practice that comes recommended by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, and the Institute of Medicine. By strengthening inhibition, extending self-regulation, and improving social emotional scaffolding, PAX GBG creates changes in electrical, neurochemical, neural connectivity, and epigenetic make-up that strengthen inhibition, extend self-regulation, and improve social emotional scaffolding. PAX is the only classroom-based strategy shown to cause the expression of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) genes that serve as adaptive protections for young people through adulthood and into future generations.


The strategies in PAX GBG have been subjected to multiple randomized control trials and numerous peer-reviewed studies. PAX has shown to provide numerous short-term and lifetime benefits.


PAX Improves classroom performance

Students in PAX Classrooms demonstrated…

higher on Statewide Standardized Math and Reading test scores than their peers

higher reading levels than their peers

reduced need for Special Education Services

higher graduation and college entrance rates


Teachers in PAX Classrooms demonstrated…

higher efficacy in student engagement, instructional strategies, and classroom management

reduced stress after implementing PAX

Improves mental health outcomes

Students in PAX Classrooms demonstrated…

remarkably fewer problematic behaviors.

reduced risk for mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders

fewer symptoms of depression

fewer school-related injuries and symptoms of aggression

reduced rates of bullying

decreased suicide ideation and fewer attempts


Improves substance use prevention

Students in PAX Classrooms demonstrated…

decreased tobacco use

reduced alcohol use

decreased illicit drug including opioid abuse

less overall service use for drug abuse or psychiatric disorder




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