ERIC Number: ED347741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Origins of Interpersonal and Social Skills Deficits of Developmentally Disabled Adolescents and Young Adults.
This paper, by reporting on research literature published from 1980 to 1992, attempts to identify the origins of interpersonal and social skill deficits of adolescents and young adults with visible physical disabilities, either congenital or acquired during very early childhood. The paper examines the nature of interpersonal and social skills and attempts to discover if deficiencies in those skills exist for persons with a physical disability. The possible causes of any such deficits are examined, and an overview of the treatments prescribed to lessen interpersonal and social skills deficits is presented. The paper concludes that growing up with a physical disability does not automatically create deficits in successful social interaction, but that this group is at risk for developing ineffective verbal and nonverbal communications. The causes of skills deficit risk seem to be a societal problem, and interventions that are helpful are those that make the disabled adolescent or young adult aware of the factors involved in making his/her communication ineffective. (25 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Ohio University.