Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 408–417

Effectiveness of a Social Skills Training Program with School Age Children: Transition to the Clinical Setting


    • Department of Psychiatry and PsychologyMayo Clinic
  • Stephen P. Whiteside
    • Department of Psychiatry and PsychologyMayo Clinic
  • Carrie A. Dittner
    • Peace College
  • Michael Mellon
    • Department of Psychiatry and PsychologyMayo Clinic
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10826-006-9049-6

Cite this article as:
Sim, L., Whiteside, S.P., Dittner, C.A. et al. J Child Fam Stud (2006) 15: 408. doi:10.1007/s10826-006-9049-6


Interventions that mobilize the parents to coach and reinforce their children's social skills have been shown to improve children's social functioning and decrease inappropriate social behaviors in the home and at school. However, few studies have examined whether these treatment outcomes can be successfully transferred from the research to the clinical setting. We examined the effectiveness of a 12-session manualized social skills intervention involving parent participation. As part of regular clinical practice, measures of children's social skills, self-control, and psychopathology were collected pre- and post-treatment. Findings suggest that parent ratings of children's social skills and self-control improved and aggressive behavior decreased.


Social skillsChildrenParent-trainingEffectivenessGroup therapy

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