Date of Award:

5-1988

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family Consumer Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

D. Kim Openshaw, Gerald R. Adams

Committee

D. Kim Openshaw

Committee

Gerald R. Adams

Committee

Gary Kiger

Abstract

The primary purpose of this thesis was to assess the effects of a short verses long-term social skills training program on (a) enhancing adolescent and parent social skills, while Cb) reducing conflict and distress and enhancing warmth and cohesion. A modified pretest - posttest control group design was employed wherein the control group for the first experiment became a portion of the experimental group for the second experiment. The sample consisted of ~3 parent-adolescent dyads who volunteered to participate. Of those, 25 met the minimum criteria for being included in the analysis, 18 dyads from the experimental group and 7 from the control group. Results demonstrated that while the parents did perceive an improvement in skills assessed by the PARI sub-scores , the adolescents did not. Nonetheless, the findings demonstrated that the long-term program of one skill learned every week far eight weeks was mare effective than the concentrated one- week program of two skills learned per night far four nights.

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