Assessment of Social Skills in Visually Handicapped Adolescents
Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Adolescent Psychology, Psychological Tests, Role Playing, Social Adjustment, Verbal Behavior, Blindness, Special Education
Behaviour Research and Therapy
The present study provided a comprehensive behavioral assessment of social skill in visually-handicapped adolescents. Role-play tests, standardized interviews, parent ratings and judgments of physical attractiveness were employed to evaluate level of social functioning among: (1)18 visually- handicapped adolescents in a residential school; (2) 17 visually-handicapped adolescents in public schools; and (3) 17 sighted adolescents in public schools. Results indicated that visually-handicapped adolescents exhibited deficits on selected verbal components of social skill. Moreover, these deficiencies were most apparent in visually-handicapped Ss from a residential setting. Findings are discussed in terms of the utility of social skills training for a subset of visually-handicapped adolescents and the importance of additional controlled research with visually-handicapped persons.
Van Hasselt, V. B.,
Kazdin, A. E.
(1984). Assessment of Social Skills in Visually Handicapped Adolescents. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 23(1), 53-63.
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