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Master of Science (MS)


Family Consumer Human Development


D. Kim Openshaw


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.