ERIC Number: ED177434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Behavior Rehearsal, a Discussion Group, and a Social Skills Training Manual on the Acquisition of Social Skills in College Males.
Perlmutter, Kenneth B.
The effects of a training manual designed to decrease dating discomfort and increase social skills were investigated. Males (n=22) who saw themselves as socially anxious and lacking in social and dating skills volunteered to take part in a program designed to increase dating frequency, communication skills, and comfort in male-female interactions. The subjects were placed in one of three treatment groups (Behavior Rehearsal, Discussion, or Training Manual Only) or a Control group. All treatment groups received the Social Interaction Training Manual which provides information on basic communication skills and appropriate dating behaviors. Both the Behavior Rehearsal and Dsicussion groups met for four weekly sessions of 90 minutes each, with a male leader and female assistant. The Behavior Rehearsal group members enacted role play interactions with the female assistant, whereas the Discussion group did no role playing. The Manual Only group received the Manual but did not meet and had no contact with the experimental personnel. Results indicated that the Discussion group increased on all three indices while the Behavior Rehearsal group increased only in their level of comfort. Neither the Manual or Control group improved on any of the indices. Results suggest that the Manual combined with discussion and/or behavior rehearsal can produce change in minimally dating males. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southeastern Psychological Association (25th, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 28-31, 1979)