Personalized versus standard role plays in the assessment of depressed patients' social skill

  • Emil J. Chiauzzi
  • Richard G. Heimberg
  • Robert E. Becker
  • David Gansler


Chronically depressed outpatients participated in a study of the role-play assessment of social skill. Patients role-played a series of standard situations typical of those employed in social-skills research and additional scenes drawn from critical situations in their personal lives. These “personalized” role-play situations were perceived as more relevant by patients and resulted in more discomfort and less skillful interpersonal behavior than standard scenes. Behavioral measures derived from personalized role plays were also found to be more strongly related to measures of depression than the same measures derived from the standard role-play scenes. Implications of these findings for the role-play assessment of social skill are discussed.

Key words

depression social skills role playing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emil J. Chiauzzi
    • 1
  • Richard G. Heimberg
    • 2
  • Robert E. Becker
    • 1
  • David Gansler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryAlbany Medical CollegeAlbany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyState University of New York at AlbanyAlbany

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