ERIC Number: ED137703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Training in Help Giving Skills in a Psychology of Adjustment Class.
Payne, Paul A.
Based on the evidence that college students are their own primary resource for psychological services, a training program in help-giving skills was developed as a supplement to an academic course in the psychology of adjustment. Training for 73 students involved readings, lectures, modeling, and experiential learning in small groups. Pre-post measures included reported help given and received, a situation type of empathy test, and two global measures of adjustment--self-rated overall adjustment, and rated severity of three personal problems. Following the course, students evaluated the training with respect to attempted use and perceived usefulness of the training. Results indicated a significant increase for level of empathy. Also, significant changes in the direction of better adjustment were reported for the two adjustment measures. These pre-post changes, as well as student evaluations of the program, were interpreted as supportive of the training of help-giving skills in the classroom context. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C. September 3-7, 1976)