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Title: Group Training for Social Skills - A Program for Court-Adjudicated Probationary Youths
Author(s): J S Hazel; J B Schumaker; J Sheldon-Wilden
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: 15200
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A group training program for teaching social skills was conducted with 13 court-adjudicated youths on probation with a juvenile court.
Abstract: The program taught eight skills - giving positive feedback, giving negative feedback, accepting negative feedback, resisting peer pressure, problem-solving, negotiation, following instructions, and conversation. The youths were divided into three groups, two of which had a homenote procedure that required the youths to practice the skill at home during the week. The skills were trained in a multiple-baseline design across skills using skill explanation and rationales, modeling, and behavioral rehearsal with feedback. Behavioral role-play results showed substantial skill increases for the youths in all the groups with the youths in the two homenote groups showing more rapid increases in skill levels. Follow-up testing eight months later showed good retention of the majority of the skills. Self-report questionnaires showed that the majority of the youths viewed themselves as more competent following the training. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Juvenile courts; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile probation; Juvenile treatment methods; Socialization; Socially challenged
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