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ERIC Number: ED128679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 26
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An Approach to Teaching Parents and Adolescents Problem-Solving Communication Skills.
Robin, Arthur L.; And Others
Parents and adolescents were taught to resolve conflicts concerning rules, responsibilities, and values through the use of problem solving and communication skills. Problem-solving included (1) defining the problem, (2) listing alternative solutions, (3) evaluating the solutions, and (4) planning implementation. Communication skills included (1) clear expression and reception of meaning, (2) appropriate emotive-attentive style, and (3) reflective listening. Twenty-four parent-adolescent dyads were assigned to either a treatment or wait-list control group. Each dyad in the treatment group received five sessions of therapy, during which modeling, guided practice, role-playing, feedback, and social reinforcement were utilized to teach problem solving and communication skills. Treatment produced highly significant increases in problem-solving behavior in structured discussions of hypothetical and real problems. Limited improvement in communication at home was also obtained on self-report measures. It was concluded that the present intervention provides a viable means for treating parentadolescent conflicts. Suggestions for improving generalization and integrating the model into a comprehensive behavioral family therapy were considered. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (New York, N.Y., April, 1976)