College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Training Blind Adolescents in Social Skills

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1983

Publication Title

Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness

ISSN

0145-482X

Volume

77

Issue/No.

5

Abstract

Abstract

Training in social skills was given to 4 14–20 yr old blind, unassertive females (WISC-R IQs 73–86). Behaviors requiring modification were identified for each S by rating videotapes of role-played interactions. Training consisted of instructions, feedback, behavioral rehearsal, modeling, and manual guidance. Behaviors were treated sequentially and cumulatively in a multiple baseline format. The treatment was generally effective in that most behaviors selected for modification changed markedly. However, a follow-up after 4 wks indicated a decrease in some responses. "Booster" sessions were used to facilitate return to posttreatment levels. Follow-ups after 8 and 10 wks showed that this goal had been reached. (18 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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