ERIC Number: ED122190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Program for Peer Relationship Development.
Salzberg, Bernard; Smith, Nancy E.
Children, aged 10-12, were referred to an outpatient mental health center because of behavior problems, some involving social skill deficits, others not so involved. Children acknowledging a social skill problem, and a desire to do something about it, were chosen pending parent approval and cooperation. Prior to participation in the group, children and their parents were interviewed to determine what goals each wanted to pursue within the program. The group met once a week for an hour and a half. Specific social skills deficits were pinpointed for each child, and deficits common to all the children were also identified. The techniques used during the group meetings included relaxation training, modeling, rehearsal, and game-playing. Social and non-social reinforcement were utilized. The group setting allowed children to practice newly-acquired social skills in a non-threatening atmosphere, and to become aware of behaviors which were "Turning off" their peers. A prescriptive program was worked out with the family of each child, in order to provide maximum generalization for newly-acquired social skills. Problems encountered in the operating groups of this type are discussed, and alternative solutions explored. (Author/CJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Salt Lake City, Utah, May 7-10, 1975)