Social Skills Training with Adolescents: A Review

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Social skills in childhood and adolescence is gaining considerable attention because of its relationship with social functioning and later adult adjustment (Cowen, Pederson, Babigian, Izzo, and Trost, 1973; Rosa and Mitchell, 1981). Studies have found that children deficient in social skills exhibit higher rates of juvenile delinquency (Rolf, Sells, and Golden, 1972) and dropping out of school (Ullman, 1957). Even as early as third grade, children can be rated on behavioral characteristics that are predictive of later problems such as delinquency (Conger, Miller, and Walsmith, 1975); these behaviors include a low sense of responsibility and social acceptability. Conger et al. (1975, p. 442) concluded that delinquents "overall social behavior was simply less acceptable and they had more difficulty in getting along with peers, both in individual one-to-one contacts and in group situations, and were less willing or able to treat others courteously and tactfully, and less able to be fair in dealing with them. In return, they were less well liked and accepted by their peers".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Skills Training for Children and Youth
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781135848545
ISBN (Print)0866561846, 9780866561846
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Health Professions


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