College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Social Skill Assessment and Training for Children: An Evaluative Review

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-14-1978

Publication Title

Behaviour Research and Therapy

ISSN

0005-7967

Volume

17

Issue/No.

5

Abstract

Abstract

Techniques employed in the behavioral assessment and treatment of socially deficient children are reviewed. General definitions and components of assertion and social skill in children are presented. While considerable data attest to the potential efficiency of behavioral approaches with this population, several methodological problems prevent any definitive conclusions from being drawn at this time. Some of these include: (1) lack of an accurate classification system of socially isolated children, (2) need for an empirical determination of skill components, and (3) the paucity of data concerning generalization and maintenance of treatment effects. The utility of incorporating developmental and social psychological methods into behavioral programs also is discussed. Suggestions for future directions of research are offered.

Send reprint requests to Michel Hersen, Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Copyright © 1979 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

DOI

10.1016/0005-7967(79)90059-7