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The purposes of this experimental research in posttest control group design was to study the effect of non-formal education program with recreation activities for coping with stress of rural early adolescence and to assess the satisfaction of rural early adolescents on non-formal education program with recreation activities. The research sample were 62 rural early adolescents in Yong-star Island, Trang. They were selected by multi-stage sampling and divided into control group and experimental group (31 people per group). Research instruments were: - 1) a non-formal education program with recreation activities for promoting coping with stress on rural early adolescents which was approved the face validity by 5 experts; 2) questionnaires were designed by the researcher to assess coping with stress of rural early adolescents and evaluate rural early adolescent’s satisfaction. The content validity of both questionnaires were approved by five experts. Index of congruence of both questionnaires were 0.80-1.0. The coefficient of reliability using Cronbach’s alpha method of both questionnaires was 0.82 and 0.82 respectively. Data were analyzed by frequencies, mean, standard deviation and t-test. The results were as follows: - 1) there were significant differences in the overall and each item of coping stress of pre and post of the experimental group at .05 level; - 2) after experiment, the experimental group had better score in both the overall and each item of coping with stress than the control group at the statistic level of .05; -3) there were not significant differences both in the overall and each item of coping stress between before and after experiment of the control group;- 4) the experiment group had the highest scores of satisfaction in the non-formal education program with recreation activities.
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