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ERIC Number: ED254346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 65
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Implementation of a Social Skills Training Program to Teach Personal and Interpersonal Problem-Solving Skills to Low Socioeconomic Status Preschoolers.
Ferguson-Smith, Pamela
Direct observation of preschool children and informal interviews with day care center personnel and parents indicated that 4- and 4 1/2-year-olds from families of low socioeconomic status lacked the social skills and training needed to interact in an appropriate manner with peers in a day care setting. Three times more negative physical acts and five times more negative verbal acts were committed by children with low socioeconomic status than by children with middle socioeconomic status. A social skills training program was designed with the general goal of teaching personal and interpersonal problem-solving skills that preschoolers could use when confronted with a variety of problem situations. Additional goals were to (1) increase children's language ability; (2) increase children's ability to give relevant solutions to interpersonal problems; and (3) decrease the amount of time children spent interacting negatively with others. A fourth goal was to obtain positive evaluations on the value of the program by participating teachers. Findings indicated that the eight children who underwent training increased their ability to give relevant solutions to interpersonal problems. This improvement resulted in at least a 20 percent decrease of negative physical and verbal behaviors in 63 percent of the children. A total of 87 percent of the children showed at least a 10 percent increase in conceptual skills. Teachers rated the program as valuable and noticed a decrease in negative behavior among the children. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.