College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Assessment of Social Skills in Visually Handicapped Adolescents

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-11-1984

Keywords

Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Adolescent Psychology, Psychological Tests, Role Playing, Social Adjustment, Verbal Behavior, Blindness, Special Education

Publication Title

Behaviour Research and Therapy

ISSN

0005-7967

Volume

23

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

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.

DOI

10.1016/0005-7967(85)90142-1

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