ERIC Number: ED235446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Remediating the Deficit: Social Skills Training with Juvenile Offenders.
Jolly, Sharon L.; Sherer, Mark
Assessment and rehabilitation of juvenile offenders has been enhanced by the identification of several cognitive and behavioral dimensions on which offenders differ from non-offenders. To investigate the influence of social skills training on locus of control, self-esteem, and observed behavior, 27 adolescent male offenders, aged 12-17, participated in one of three treatment modalities. The subjects were divided into two groups classified as low-frequency or high-frequency offenders. Subsequently, equal numbers of those two groups were assigned to structured social skills training, unstructured discussion, or a control group. The two treatment groups met for two, 3 hour sessions. Cognitive skills were assessed by the Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control Scale; behavioral skills were assessed by the Tennessee Self Concept Scale and a social skills checklist, which was completed by two independent raters. Measurements were taken 3 days before, 3 days after, and 2 weeks after treatment. An analysis of the results showed that members of the treatment groups were more internally-oriented after treatment. Further, the structured social skills training approach was more effective with high-frequency offenders, while the discussion group was more effective with low-frequency offenders. Overall, low-frequency offenders exhibited better social skills than their high-frequency counterparts. The results were maintained at the 2-week follow-up. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nowicki Strickland Locus of Control Scale; Tennessee Self Concept Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (29th, Atlanta, GA, March 23-26, 1983).